Disinfo: George Soros has been declared persona non grata in Austria

Summary

Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the Austrian People’s Party, prohibited the activity of George Soros Foundation “Open Society” in Austria. Sebastian Kurz gave the Foundation a 28-day deadline to cease operations in Austria, after the expiration of which, a legal case would be initiated for “attempts to weaken the democracy of the nation” against the foundation. Sebastian Kurz also called George Soros the greatest challenge facing mankind.

Disproof

The disinformation originates from yournewswire, the article is fabricated. Open Society Foundations has no representatives in Austria, hence Sebastian Kurz could not ban the operation of the non-existent office. There is also no record of Kurz saying anything of the kind about Soros. Disinformation about Soros is recurring in pro-Kremlin outlets. Further debunking at Myth Detector.

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  • Reported in: Issue 90
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2017
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Country: Austria, Georgia
  • Keywords: NGO, George Soros
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Disproof

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