I wrote previously that Putin's Russia cooperates with European far right parties partly because the latter help Russian political and business elites worm into the West economically, politically and socially, and that for them the far right's racism and ultra-conservatism are less important then the far right's corruptibility.
Take, for example, late Jörg Haider. For some, he was the long-time leader of the far right Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ) and, later, the chairman of the Bündnis Zukunft Österreich. But for two Russian rich businessmen, Artyom Bikov and Aleksey Bobrov, Haider was a corrupt Governor of Carinthia who could be paid €900,000 in order to "assist" them in their naturalisation process. Imagine: the leader of an Austrian anti-immigration party took bribes to facilitate the acquisition of citizenship by non-Austrians.
FPÖ, under the leadership of Heinz-Christian Strache, is also involved in dubious deals and processes which are partly ideological and partly financial. The links between FPÖ and Putin's Russia are deep and numerous, so as a starting point let's take an almost random event: the conference "Colour revolutions in the CIS countries and their current impact" that took place in Vienna on 4 June 2010 at the Imperial Hotel.
|(from left to right) Maksim Shevchenko, Sergey Markov, Heinz-Christian Strache, Bermet Akayeva, Vladyslav Lukyanov, Geydar Dzhemal, Levan Pirveli, Barbara Kappel. 4 June 2010, Vienna
The Russian team consisted of MP Sergey Markov (Putin's United Russia party) and two far right publicists: Geydar Dzhemal and Maksim Shevchenko. The latter, together with Pirveli, would be active in the workings of the Russian far right Florian Geyer club headed by Dzhemal. Its speakers included Russian fascists Aleksandr Dugin, Maksim Kalashnikov and Mikhail Leontyev, Swedish anti-Semite Israel Shamir, Russian "left-wing" activist Boris Kagarlitsky and Italian Nazi-Maoist Claudio Mutti among others.
|First picture: Geydar Dzhemal and Claudio Mutti. Second picture: Aleksandr Dugin and Israel Shamir. Florian Geyer club meeting, 17 October 2011, Moscow
Kappel's name often appears in connection with the FPÖ's cooperation with the Russians. In September 2010, she was one of the top party members who welcomed 20 Russian orphan children who came from the Moscow Oblast to spend two weeks in East Tyrol under the patronage of FPÖ's Tyrol chief Gerald Hauser.
|FPÖ's leaders (from left to right): Johann Gudenus, Barbara Kappel, Heinz-Christian Strache and Andreas Karlsböck. September 2010, Vienna
|Roman Agapov, Aleksandra Kotova, Igor Parkhomenko, Andreas Karlsböck, Barbara Kappel, Boris Gromov, Heinz-Christian Strache, Johann Gudenus, Johannes Hübner and Tigran Karakhanov. 11 May 2011, Moscow
In 2008-2010, Kappel and her Austrian Technologies GmbH contributed to the development of a classical pyramid scheme called Aquabionica. This is a company that sells "Bionic Products - innovative products nano-technology, developed in conjunction with the nature". Aquabionica's main markets are Russia, Ukraine and some other East European countries where people are more prone to deception and manipulation.
|Sergey Yarkov, Director of Aquabionica, and Barbara Kappel, Aquabionica's Vice-President
|(two people on the right) Barbara Kappel and Sergey Yarkov
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