Christoph Hörstel

Versions of names: Кристоф Хёрстель, Christoph R. Hörstel

Christoph R. Hörstel is a German publicist and political activist. He reported as a journalist from 1985 to 1999. He then worked as a freelance journalist and activist. Among other things, Hörstel represents views that have repeatedly been criticized as conspiracy theories. In 2013 he founded the small German party Deutsche Mitte (German Center). After leaving this party in 2017, Hörstel founded and led the allegedly anti-Semitic Neue Mitte (New Center) party.

Christoph Hörstel was a guest on the German-language program of the Russian state-financed broadcaster RT (Russia Today) several times. In 2017, he traveled to annexed Crimea and was photographed with Putin. In 2020, Hörstel has repeatedly been an interview guest on the Russian broadcaster Ren-TV.


Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Donetsk to Russia


Neue Mitte (New Center)

Ordinary party member Leading the party

I am very glad that we were given the opportunity to decide our own future. I saw a lot of people who happily come to the sites. I also observed the procedures. They look right and correct, often more correct than in Germany. We must respect the choice of the people. We must unequivocally accept the return of Donbas to Russia. [Translated from Russian] (2023-08-30)

I am pleasantly surprised because in the German voting, we see erasable pens being used, but here ballpoint pens [are being used] that cannot be erased. [Translated from Russian] (2023-08-30)

Corresponding elections

From 23 to 27 September 2022, the Russian forces organised a sham election process - pseudo-referendum as a pretext for the formal annexation of the regions of occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson by Russia. The annexation of the four regions was announced on 30 September 2022.