VIENNA - Austria: the land of towering mountains, muscle-bound movie stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger  and - let's not forget - the world's unrivalled apple strudels.

But beneath these cultural layers lies something more complex and dark. In this series, we delve into the Russian-Austrian strudel of influence, unravelling the insidious weave of Russian propaganda and disinformation that's currently permeating Austria's storied charm.

The first layer of the strudel reveals direct ties to Russian governmental structures such as embassies and cultural organisations under the country's foreign ministry.

Layer two presents Austrian public figures with strong ties to Russian entities, facilitating economic, political, and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

The strudel's third layer focuses on direct implications for Austrian politics, showcasing the role of the Freedom Party of Austria and its most prominent politicians in spreading pro-Russian agenda in the Central European country.


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Team members

Agata Pyka

Agata Pyka is an assistant editor at Notes from Poland.

Agata Pyka

Deniz M. Dirisu

Deniz M. Dirisu (based in The Netherlands) specialises in international criminal law, OSINT.

Deniz M. Dirisu
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