This is Johann #Gudenus. A leading figure in the Austrian FPÖ and most likely the 1st member of a governing party in Western #Europe to send his emails from a mail.ru account - a Russian company with very close ties to the #Kremlin. But there‘s much more to it: /1
Gudenus is the mastermind behind the partnership agreement between the FPÖ & Putin‘s United Russia party, signed in 2016 - which includes a paragraph on Russia helping the FPÖ to draft laws. Also on the picture besides Gudenus: HC Strache, the current Austrian Vice-Chancellor /2
As a student, he lived in Moscow & studied international affairs - but not at MGIMO, which is the standard university for aspiring Russian diplomats. He studied at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which also trains Russian spies & special operatives /3
After that, he cultivated close ties with Chechen dictator Ramzan #Kadyrov. Kadyrov is responsible for around 5,000 forced disappearances, death squads, & widespread torture. He even has an illegal prison in his backyard, according to the Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. /4
A couple years later, Gudenus went to #Crimea to whitewash the “referendum” orchestrated by Russia (transparent voting boxes = „local custom“). While he negotiated the new Austrian far-right gov’t in 2017, he sent 2 close aides again to Crimea to support the Russian occupation /5
Furthermore, Gudenus also co-owned a trading company together with Russian partners, whose activities are still mired in mystery. But why is all this important? (1) Gudenus is 1 of the closest collaborators of Austrian Vice Chancellor Strache, taking annual vacations together /6
(2) In an unprecedented move, all Western intelligence services cut their ties to Austria last month. Why? Because they fear that all kinds of secrets & highly confidential information will be leaked to Russia.
By the way, all relevant Austrian ministries are FPÖ-controlled /7
In a nutshell: Austria is Russia‘s Trojan Horse in the EU. Don’t let Austrian chancellor #Kurz fool you with his pro-European rhetoric, he is responsible for handing over all that power - the ministries of the interior and defence (!) - to the FPÖ and people like Gudenus. /end
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