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Former German Chancellor’s wife loses job after attending Victory Day event at Russian Embassy

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his address to the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 21, 2022. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s wife has lost her job at NRW.Global Business, a trade and investment agency of North Rhine-Westphalia, after she and her husband attended a Victory Day event at the Russian Embassy in Berlin on May 9.

The agency announced on May 16 that it was terminating relations with So-yeon Schroeder-Kim, who represented the agency in South Korea.

Gerhard Schroeder was chancellor from 1998-2005. He has been known for his involvement with Russian state energy giants Rosneft and Gazprom and with Nord Stream AG, which operates undersea gas pipelines leading to Russia.

The links were damaged last year by explosions that are still under investigation.