Because she does not answer critical questions despite a court order, the Schwerin district court imposed a penalty payment on an environmental foundation largely financed by Gazprom. Its chairman is ex-Prime Minister Sellering, who would probably have to stand straight in case of doubt.
According to a report by "Welt", the former prime minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Erwin Sellering, faces up to 25 days in prison. Sellering is chairman of the controversial Foundation for Climate and Environmental Protection MV. At the end of April, the Schwerin district court had ordered the foundation to provide media with information about its activities to complete the Russian natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. This was not complied with, which is why the court has now ordered the enforcement, writes the "Welt".
For this purpose, "a fine of 5,000 euros was imposed," the newspaper quoted the court as saying. If the foundation does not pay, "for every 200 euros, one day of compulsory detention" would be due, which would correspond to 25 days. However, the foundation and its chairman, Sellering, could circumvent the penalty imposed comparatively easily: the fine or compulsory detention will become null and void if the foundation answers the journalist's questions.
According to the verdict at the end of April, the foundation must provide a journalist from "Welt" with details about its employees, its shares in other companies, its purchases of materials and equipment and its proceeds that are related to its economic business operations in the past year.
The state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania set up the foundation last year, largely to ensure the completion of Nord Stream 2 despite the threat of US sanctions against companies involved. The foundation was endowed with 200,000 euros by the state; the Nord Stream 2 pipeline consortium, which is dominated by the Russian gas company Gazprom, contributed 20 million euros as an endowment.