Austrian Vice Chancellor resigned after scandal about ties with Russian oligarchs
German media previously published a provocative video of Strache and a Russian woman.
Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache resigned. He will be replaced by fellow party member Norbert Hofer, who previously headed the Ministry of Infrastructure.
Because of the scandal, the vice-chancellor is even ready to leave the post of leader of the Freedom Party, so as not to compromise his colleagues.
The scandal broke out in Austria after the Suddeutsche Zeitung and Spiegel published a video in which Strache at a resort on the island of Ibiza was talking to a Russian woman who introduced herself as the niece of an oligarch from Russia and called herself Alyona Makarova. They discussed the readiness of the Russian oligarchs to finance Strache's campaign. For this service, they wanted to purchase the Kronen Zeitung newspaper and government orders given to the Strabag construction company.
The video was shot in 2016.
Strache denies everything, and wants to prove his innocence in court.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.