Disinfo: 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”.

German media has not disclosed the origins of the video, implicating former vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache. There is no evidence  of in the involvement of European political parties in the making of the video.


  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Austria, US
  • Keywords: Heinz-Christian Strache, election meddling, Robert Mueller, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Radio Sputnik


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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.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine impedes the implementation of the Minsk agreements in the Donbas

The new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, should dissolve the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, because the deputies of the current convocation are preventing Zelenskyi from fulfilling the Minsk agreements. Russian mercenaries in Donbas do not violate international agreements and adhere to the Minsk agreements, unlike Kyiv.


The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is not responsible for violations of the Minsk Agreements because Russian mercenaries in the occupied Donbas violate international agreements by attacking the Ukrainian army on a daily basis.  According to a report by the OSCE monitoring mission, in the first quarter of 2019, more than 83,000 cease-fire violations were recorded in Donbas.

In addition, Russia and the "LDNR" militants refuse Ukraine’s proposals on the exchange of prisoners.  Kyiv has repeatedly stated that Russia deliberately delays the process of exchanging prisoners, using Ukrainian citizens as a lever to pressure Ukrainian authorities.  The last such exchange between Ukraine and Russia occurred at the end of December 2017.  Since then, Russia has rejected any proposals from the Ukrainian side.