Artur Leier

Versions of names: Артур Лейер

Artur Leier is a former press officer of the left-wing youth in Hamburg (Linksjugend Hamburg). In April 2017 he visited Crimea with a German Delegation. In 2016, he was a "war correspondent" for SputnikNews in Donbas. Since 2016 he has been a personal assistant of a Member of the Hamburg Parliament Martin Dolzer from Die Linke / The Left.

Artur Leier is the executive director of Weltnetz TV which he co-founded with far-left politician Diether Dehm, who was a member of the Bundestag until 2021.


Individual observers at the 2018 general elections in the unrecognised Donetsk People’s Republic


Die Linke / The Left

Institutional affiliation to the Hamburg Parliament

We, international observers, have been granted absolute freedom of movement, communication with people and journalists. There were no restrictions for us. (2018-11-12)
Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Donetsk to Russia


Die Linke / The Left

Institutional affiliation to Weltnetz TV

One important observation is that people actually came to vote. Quite a lot, generally speaking. (...) Regarding whether they were forced or not, my impression is that they were definitely not forced, whatsoever. [Translated from Russian] (2023-07-26)

Corresponding elections

On 11 November 2018, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, located within the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine, held “elections” to elect a head of the “republic” and members of its “parliament”. The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations does not recognise the sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic, while international institutions such as the OSCE ODIHR considered “elections” there as illegitimate and did not send international election observers there.
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.