The editor-in-chief of the extreme right-wing “First” magazine, Manuel Ochsenreiter, died unexpectedly in Moscow yesterday. The right networker was most recently noticed in connection with a terrorist attack in Ukraine.
By THEO SCHNEIDER
Right-wing Berlin journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter died unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 45 in Moscow. This is reported by the extreme right-wing “First” magazine, whose editor-in-chief Ochsenreiter had been since 2011. Accordingly, he died of a heart attack.
Ochsenreiter had a long journalistic career in (new) right-wing media since 1994. He was editor and for a time head of department at the weekly newspaper “Junge Freiheit” as well as an author in the magazine “Sezession” of the “Institute for State Policy” and for the monthly magazine “peculiarly free”. Between 2004 and 2011 Ochsenreiter acted as editor-in-chief of the “German military magazine” of the right-wing extremist publisher Dietmar Munier until he took over this position in 2011 at the monthly magazine “First”, which is also part of Munier.
Ochsenreiter was very active, especially internationally, and was considered a right-wing networker and propagandist for Putin. In 2014 he took part in the “New Horizon” conference in Tehran (Iran), at which Holocaust deniers and conspiracy ideologues came together, and Ochsenreiter gave a lecture on the “Israeli lobby in Germany”. In 2014 he was also a speaker at the new right conference “Identiarians Ideas” in Stockholm. An appearance at an “Identitarian Congress” in Budapest, Hungary, also in 2014 , did not take place because the event was banned at short notice.
He was also closely associated with the Russian right-wing intellectual Alexander Dugin. Among other things, both linked anti-liberal, right-wing ideas about Eurasia. For this purpose, Ochsenreiter founded the “German Center for Eurasian Studies” (DZES) in Berlin with Mateusz Piskorski, who was arrested in 2016 on suspicion of espionage for the Russian secret service. Ochsenreiter appeared regularly as a propagandist for the authoritarian-led Russia and right-wing Eurasier, and promoted such ideas at various conferences, including the AfD . Ochsenreiter supported the AfD, called for their election in “First” and organized “election observer missions” for AfD parliamentarians .
Suspected incitement to arson attack
Manuel Ochsenreiter most recently came across in connection with an arson attack in February 2018 on a cultural center in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. He is said to have instigated and paid for three Polish neo-Nazis who have now been convicted for the action. This is what they claimed in the process and chat messages are supposed to prove it too. The Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office was still investigating Ochsenreiter in 2020. Perhaps that is why, as “First” reported, “mostly in Moscow since 2019, where he has now died after a week in a coma after another heart attack.”
When the allegations became known in 2019, Ochsenreiter separated from AfD member of the Bundestag Markus Frohnmaier, for whom he had been a specialist since 2018.
His death is mourned across all spectra in the right-wing scene. So far, various NPD accounts have expressed themselves in social networks, among others by the former Berlin NPD chairman Sebastian Schmidtke and the NPD newspaper “Deutsche Demokratie”, the right-wing “Compact Magazin” and various “new rights” such as “Sezession” editor Benedikt Kaiser and Philip Stein from “One Percent” on his demise.
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