Disinfo: European deep state murdered the pioneer of Austrian right-wing movement and set up trap for Strache


In Europe, the “deep state” is no less serious than in the US, although it is more refined. The fate of the late Jörg Haider, the pioneer of the right wing movement in Austria, whose Volkswagen flew off the road for an unknown reason in October 2008, is a clear confirmation of this.

It is obvious that the whole story of the production and publication of the compromising video [implicating former vice-Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache] most likely did not go without the intervention of one of the European special services.



Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring disinformation narrative of a "deep state".

The police investigation ruled out foul play or technical glitches a day after the crash of Jörg Haider's car. Alcohol and speeding were involved.

The video implicating former vice-Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache was first reported on by the German magazine Spiegel and the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The two media outlets didn’t reveal the source of the video. There is no evidence to support the theory that the video is a result of a Western secret service operation.

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


  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Austria
  • Keywords: Heinz-Christian Strache, European Union, Deep state, Secret services


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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