The hand of Soros: Sebastian Kurz was dismissed for “friendship” with Russia

Summary

George Soros is behind the dismissal of the former Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz for “friendship” with Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives portraying philanthropist George Soros as a menace bent on weakening Russia.

A no-confidence vote was passed by Austria's parliament in a special session, resulting in Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's removal from office .

There is no evidence of the Strache affair being part of a master-plan against Austria or its chancellor. 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.

Pro-Kremlin media has spread multiple contradicting messages about this case, without giving any evidence to back their claims.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Austria, Russia
  • Keywords: Sebastian Kurz, Heinz-Christian Strache, Conspiracy, George Soros
  • Outlet: Tsargrad TV
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Disproof

The article advances recurring pro-Kremlin narratives denying any Russian role in Western election meddling or the Skripal poisoning. Any accusations made against the Kremlin, however well-founded, are invariably met with knee-jerk charges of Russophobia.

Russia has a documented track record of interfering in Western elections -- see our list of reports and analyses on the subject here.

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Disproof

The US did not send troops to patrol the Guatemalan border and fight illegal migration. On May 31, The Washington Post reported on a US plan to send to Guatemala dozens of agents and investigators of the Department of Homeland Security, who will work as “advisers” to Guatemala’s national police and migration authorities and will aim to disrupt and interdict human smuggling operations. Personnel of the Department is composed of police agents and civilians, not soldiers.

The story fits in the recurring narrative of a US aggressive and militaristic approach to any problem, and was reproduced by many outlets in the Kremlin-linked media ecosystem in several languages. You can see other examples of this here, here, here and here.

The European foreign policy is determined by a group of Russophobes controlled from the US

An aggressive group of Russophobes inside the European Union today determines the entire European foreign policy. This group is controlled by the US.

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Disproof

No evidence given. This is a conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and deep state.

The EU’s foreign and security policy, designed to resolve conflicts and foster international understanding, is based on diplomacy and respect for international rules. Read more about EU foreign and security policy here.