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She was the first woman on the ARD correspondent square in Moscow and the first western correspondent to interview Mikhail Gorbachev. Her hairstyle is cult. Gabriele Krone-Schmalz’s new book is now published "ice age".
For four eventful years – from 1987 to 1991 – Gabriele Krone-Schmalz reported for ARD television from Moscow and became an expert on Russia. But Russia was already busy with the now 67-year-old since her studies in Cologne at the end of the 1960s.
Your critics call it one "Putinversteherin". Gabriele Krone-Schmalz never gets tired, for to establish a better relationship between the West and Russia. She has already written several bestsellers about Russia, but also Germany. Now her latest work appears "Ice Age – How Russia is being demonized and why it is so dangerous".
"I think the things that were spread in the Cold War are not gone with the stroke of a contract. That is still in the mind. That is certainly something that we underestimate. Cold War thinking is not gone. Because in an increasingly confusing world, it is simply more convenient to say, I orient myself (.). What should not be underestimated is group pressure. For whatever reason, Russia is the incarnation of evil. To say something against it, you are out of the game. So you have to defend yourself against it. You need information, you need time (.). I try to tell the missing stories."
When she first came to Moscow as a correspondent in 1987, she had gone her own way. So she doesn’t have that "Dissidents as friends of their predecessors" accepted.
"My father was very unconventional"
"I tried to meet normal people. That was possible in times of perestroika. And my husband went to the general store to see what it was like. And I think that’s important when you report from a country that you immerse yourself in everyday life so that you understand the people."
Gabriele Krone-Schmalz is deeply influenced by her parents’ house, she says "In conversation". She had a special relationship with her father.
"That was a great man, that was a person, that was an artist. My father was concertmaster in the WDR Symphony Orchestra and introduced me to music very early on. I went to rehearsals as a child and thought it was great. My father was also someone who thought very differently, who was very unconventional. He was so unconventional, we as children asked him if you could have breakfast in the evening and he said, of course you can also have breakfast in the evening and my father had breakfast with us in the evening."
"All right between Mickey Mouse and Mephisto"
The hairstyle that shapes Gabriele Krone-Schmalz’s image is also unconventional, and she still owes her husband’s hair-cutting art to this day.
"In the meantime, everything is fine between Mickey Mouse and Mephisto and I think I can no longer separate myself from it and it will be as long as I do hair stay on my head like that."
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