Contents tagged with Austria

  • Austrian police accused Russian biathletes of violating anti-doping rules

    Austrian police have accused several Russian biathletes, as well as coaches, doctors and massage therapists of violating anti-doping rules at the 2017 Biathlon World Championships, TV sports presenter Dmitry Guberniev said on his Instagram account on Thursday.

    "A few hours ago, the Austrian police contacted the Russian national team. Here is the list of athletes, coaches, doctors and massage therapists who were accused of violating anti-doping rules during the 2017 World Championships in …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister reschedules visit to Russia because of spy scandal

    Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl rescheduled her visit to Russia. She explained that due to the scandal related to alleged espionage involving Russia, the visit was rescheduled to a later time.

    “Yes, it has been rescheduled. We intend to get the “Sochi dialogue” started but due to this case with espionage I have rescheduled the visit,” RIA Novosti cites Kneissl as saying. She did not specify a new date for the visit.

    Earlier, a former Colonel of the Armed Forces was detained in Austria  …

  • Slovakia expels Russian diplomat over alleged espionage

    Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said that an employee of the Russian Embassy was expelled to Russia on November 22.

    Slovakia expelled a Russian diplomat due to alleged espionage. The Slovak government made a decision to expel the diplomat based on the data of military intelligence. Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini stated that the employee of the Russian Embassy was expelled on November 22 and he left the country within 48 hours. The name of the alleged spy has not been published. …

  • Austrian Chancellor: Espionage scandal will not affect relations between Austria and Russia

    Liga.net reports that the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated at a press conference that Austria intends to preserve good relations with Russia, despite the recent espionage scandal.

    “We have a good relationship with Russia, and this will not change in the future,” stated Kurz.

    At the same time, the chancellor stressed that Austria will always “prevent and criticize” espionage attempts.

    Earlier in Austria, a former officer who from the 1990’s had been giving information to Russia …

  • Austrian intelligence unmasks second Russian spy in one week

    For more than a year, the Austrian Prosecution Office has been investigating a employee of the Office for Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism (BVT) who is suspected of spying for Russia, reported the Austrian news outlet Kronen Zeitung with reference to sources in the economic and corruption prosecution office.

    “An Austrian counterintelligence agent is suspected of disclosing state secrets. According to Austrian legislation, the punishment for this may be up to ten years in …

  • Media: Austrian colonel who spied for Russia was exposed by Germany

    An Austrian colonel who worked for Russian Intelligence was exposed by German counterintelligence that handed over the information to the colleagues in Austria, reported Profil magazine.

    Earlier, Austrian authorities said that the information on the Russian spy was handed over to Vienna by a “friendly intelligence agency.” According to Profil, the Austrians were referring to the German Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD).

    The magazine is currently investigating where the retired …

  • Austria accuses Russia of espionage

    Six months after the attempted poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK, Russia found itself in the middle of a new “espionage scandal.”

    The Austrian Defense Ministry on Friday reported the arrest of a 70-year-old retired colonel, who engaged in espionage for Russia more than 20 years.

    “The military counterintelligence service through international cooperation opened the espionage case. The retired officer of the Austrian army from the 1990’s spied on the Bundesheer ( …

  • Media: Austrian army colonel detained on suspicion of spying for Russia

    The Austrian special services detained a colonel of the Austrian Army who is suspected of spying for Russia for 20 years, the Austrian Kronen Zeitung reported on Friday with reference to the Austrian Defense Ministry.

    According to the newspaper, the Austrian special services investigate the case of the 70-year-old retired colonel who, since the late 1990s, allegedly transferred to the Russian military intelligence information on the migration crisis, the Austrian military aviation and …

  • European Court of Justice paves way for the extradition of Ukrainian tycoon Firtash to USA

    According to the decision of the European Court of Justice, the Supreme Court of Austria may continue the consideration of the case of the Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash.

    "The court decided today that the relevant Austrian regulations are compatible with the EU legislation. This means that, since the EU laws are adhered to in this case, the Supreme Court of Justice in Austria does not have to call for new hearings in the case of the people involved and, as a result, the Austrian …

  • Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs claims Putin's visit to her wedding was ‘unexpected’

    During a broadcast of Ö1 radio, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Karin Kneissl said that she does not have any close relationship with Putin and the invitation of the Russian President to her wedding was “a completely spontaneous" move.

    Putin had come to the wedding on August 18, causing a wave of criticism in the country.

    In early June, the Minister invited government colleagues and the President of Austria to the wedding because “that is the way things are done." At the reception …