Disinfo: Heinz-Christian Strache was framed because he was against sanctions to Russia and supported Nord Stream II


Heinz-Christian Strache was framed because he did not go with political mainstream: he did not scold Russia, supported the Nord Stream II and did not like sanctions to Russia. The logic is simple: if you don’t scold Russia, it means you agree with it and you will not be in the European Parliament.


Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to resign due to allegations of corruption, after offering government contacts to a supposed Russian investor in exchange for help to his  Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) in the 2017 national elections.

German media has not disclosed the origins of the video, implicating former vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache.



  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Austria
  • Keywords: Heinz-Christian Strache, EU elections 2019, Russophobia


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Political scandal in Austria is a perfect provocation of European liberals against the right wing politicians

The political scandal surrounding former vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache is a perfect provocation of European liberal forces against right-wing politicians. The plot is obvious: the attack on the even of the European election, “Russian trace”, allegedly independent journalistic investigation…


The Strache-scandal is an international campaign, and other “sensations” with “Russian trace” will follow.



Conspiracy theory. No sign of Strache-campaign being part of an international master-plan.

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.

Political scandal in Austria is a part of Western Russophobic campaign

The story with a leaked video in Austria is very similar to alleged Russian interference into American elections, it is the same scenario. Political parties in America and Europe use Russophobia to defeat their political enemies. It is telling that this particular campaign against Russia happens right after the attempts to prove Russian trace in the victory of Donald Trump suffered a complete fiasco.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and Russian interference in 2016 US elections.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report affirms that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”. Nevertheless it states that interference activities took place, as already concluded earlier by US intelligence community and by Mueller’s own inquiry: “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”.

Strache-scandal: A special operation to destroy the government of Austria by German intelligence, Merkel involved

It is not a coincidence that a video about Austrian vice-chancellor was leaked 4 days before the European elections and that it was leaked by German, not Austrian media.

Merkel declared war to right-wing parties. Manfred Weber announced that he would fight anyone who is destroying Europe, including nationalists and populists. Austrian intelligence was turned into outcast in Europe by the Germans. It is all related and very similar to a provocation orchestrated by the secret service.

German intelligence is conducting surveillance not only on German right-wing parties, but also those abroad. When right-wing parties came to power in Austria they stopped the German surveillance. Therefore it is logical that there was a special operation to destroy the government of Austria.

Perhaps in one year we will learn whether it was an operation to diminish popularity of  the right-wing forces in Austria and German, or if this was operation to destroy the government in Austria. Who is responsible? Germany is really prominent in this, in creating these informational waves.


No evidence given, conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin media has spread multiple contradicting messages about the source of the video, without giving any evidence to back their claims.

The video 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 German secret service operation.