The DW reporter said: “Mr Bondarenko’s social media accounts show him fighting against corruption and more equality.
“This is including as a representative in the regional Saratov Parliament.
“Mr Bondarenko does not shy away from criticising the Kremlin and the ruling United Russia party.
While in Parliament, Mr Bondarenko said: “It is your actions, the actions of the Russian Government, of Vladimir Putin, of your United Russia Party.
“You gave our national riches away to Oligarchs.”
The DW reporter said: “Mr Bondarenko is now facing, what he says, is a political campaign against him.
“Local politicians have accused him of corruption for monetising his social media accounts.
“They are afraid of people uniting around a concrete political programme that provides an alternative to the course they have taken.
“Throughout my whole career during the many hours of live streams or online, I never asked people to follow Nikolai Bondarenko.
“I am just asking people to be political, if you don’t like what I say follow your own line, the main thing is to not give up.”