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"Big brothers" in Europe and beyond knocked down the Austrian Chancellor with a "Russian card"

Summary of Disinformation

It is dangerous to run for leadership positions in the EU. Those who dared to show ambition were sent to knock-out with a “Russian card”. Just before the European Elections Austrian Chancellor is facing a no-confidence vote because of the scandalous video involving the vice-chancellor. […]

A scandalous video was not an accident, it was released simultaneously by two German newspapers, the source of the video is not disclosed, the face of a blond woman is blurred out. Strange coincidence – half a year ago Austria media reported that a large Russian spy network is allegedly working in Vienna. The source: German intelligence, who later said they received the information from the Brits. […]

The Austrian government resigned, experts are installed instead of ministers, and Kurz was shown he made a wrong bet. Austria with Kurz was the odd one out: supported the Nord Stream II, hosted Russian politicians at the highest level, offered itself as a ground for talks between Europe and Russia, and did not oust Russian diplomats. Kurz obviously wanted to play a unique role in Europe, and that was unacceptable for big brothers – not only in Europe.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and deep state.

There is no evidence of Strache-campaign being part of an international master-plan against Austria or its chancellor.

Both German magazine Der Spiegel and newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung have been open about their investigation. According to the media outlets, they obtained the video footage in May 2019 and published it after verifying its authenticity.

The media has not disclosed who provided the video in order to protect their sources.

Pro-Kremlin media has spread multiple contradicting messages about the source of the video, without giving any evidence to back their claims.

 

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Reported in: Issue 151
Date: 26.05.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Austria, EU
Keywords: Heinz-Christian Strache, Deep state, Russophobia, Secret services
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Itogi Nedeli @ NTV (42:25 - 43:55)
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