Nancy Faeser: "We are experiencing a new dimension of threats from Russian aggression" The federal government will arm itself more strongly against Russia's influence in Western Europe in the coming months.Faeser also accused the AfD of being close to Putin, which AfD leader Alice Weidel denied. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution observes the Afd as a suspected right-wing extremist case, which is currently the subject of an appeal before the Münster Higher Administrative Court.