The Strache-scandal: An operation by German and Spanish secret services

Summary

The political scandal in Austria was an operation by German intelligence, with the help of Spanish and two other countries’ secret services.

 

Disproof

No evidence given, conspiracy theory.

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.

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 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Austria, Germany, Spain
  • Keywords: Heinz-Christian Strache, Secret services
  • Outlet: Vkontakte-page
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Disproof

This disinformation message is a conspiracy theory consistent with several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western Russophobia and belligerent West's attempts to encircle Russia.

See earlier conspiracies about Western "Great Turan" doctrine aimed at creating a ring of unfriendly states along Russia's southern border and a similar anti-Russian plan for an "Anaconda ring".

The EU continues the aggressive policies of Nazi Germany

The present ruling elites of the West follow many concepts of Nazi Germany. They continue considering the people of Russia and other post-Soviet countries as Untermenschen (“racially inferior” people) and the Eurasian space as Lebensraum (‘living space’). In this light, there is no difference between Hitler’s concept of a New Europe and the present European Union. The EU remains the Europe of capitals and elites, not the Europe of the people. The destruction of the USSR, NATO’s expansion to the East, banderovshchina (‘fascist regime’) in Ukraine and the revival of neo-Nazism in the Baltic states – all these are manifestations of an old West’s ‘Drang nach Osten‘ (Drive to the East) policy.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Nazis in the EU,  that have been repeatedly debunked (see here).

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Polish authorities and population dream of taking over most of Belarus’ territory

At times, in the Belarusian information sphere, Poland and other Western countries are presented as friends, while Russia is painted as a boa constrictor. In reality, the population of Poland and the country’s authorities are obsessed with expanding Poland which would cover the territories between the Baltic and the Black seas. In other words, they want to incorporate most of present-time Belarus into Poland.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Poland's plans to partition Belarus and Western plans to disrupt Belarusian-Russian ties.

This message is also consistent with a narrative on Western belligerence and Poland's aggressive policy and alleged imperial ambitions.