The president of the Austrian Freedom Party and Chancellor Heinz Kristian Strache were captured trying to gather Ibiza in support of the elections with the alleged Russian billionaire to "help" the deal in Austria. Can the Austrian government fall for that?
Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung today published a videotape at the meeting at which the chair of the Austrian Federal Liberal Party FPÖ and the subclass Heinz Kristian Streshe a few months before the 2017 elections in a Ibiza villa with an alleged Russian billionaire. At the meeting with the leader of the Liberals he is also the leader of the parliamentary group Johann Goodwin,
In exchange for help, she has to support the freelancers
The Russian, who was portrayed as a nephew of an influential Russian businessman, was ready to invest in the country for large sums. The Austrian has to offer bargaining deals or public contracts if he wants to buy the Austrian newspaper "Cronen Zeitung" and then to support freelancers in the elections. But it was a trap, the unknown woman was not the niece of a Russian businessman.
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Strache explained in his today's defense that this was only a calm personal conversation and that he constantly warned against respecting the Austrian legal order.
The opposition calls on the Chancellor to take responsibility
The opposition urged Starchia to resign. The affair can also be disappointing for the Austrian government, in which the FPÖ, in addition to the People's Party, is a coalition partner. Head of the Austrian Social Democrats (SPÖ) Pamela Randy–Wagner is the Austrian Chancellor Sebastiana Kurza she called for the responsibility of coalition allies.
Disclosure of Illegal Party Financing?
Strache and Gudenus, among other things, mention the possible illegal funding of the party, writes Der Spiegel. As they say, there are quite a wealthy people who pay between 500,000 and 2 million euros, but that money does not go to the client's budget but to a charity that is not related to the client. In this way, the payer may avoid the supervision of the Court of Auditors.
Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung have not revealed the source, but have reported that the video is real and has also been verified by a video expert.