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EU and US are pressuring Austria to conduct doping investigation into Russian biathletes

Summary of Disinformation

There is an internal struggle between the Brussels bureaucracy, which is an obedient vassal of Washington, and countries like Austria and Slovakia, which want to protect their national interests, have never given in to Russophobia and wish to normalise relations with Russia. These countries are under colossal pressure and if there is no spy scandal then the West will come up with a doping scandal. […] They want to put Austria to its place, take away its status of intermediary with Russia, not least because Austria is positive about the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given.

The participants of the discussion are using insinuations and leading questions such as "I have no information that someone is behind it, but we always have to ask the question, who benefits?" to develop a narrative that Austria is under pressure to damage its relations with Russia, via the doping investigation.

Austrian authorities are investigating doping and corruption related offences involving the International Biathlon Union.

Alleging that official doping investigations are Western geopolitical tools and provocations against Russia are among recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives.

 

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Reported in: Issue 130
Date: 13.12.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Austria
Keywords: Doping, Conspiracy
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal (1tv.ru), time 04.00 - 14.30
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