The current Austrian Vice-Chancellor, and leader of the Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has been investigated by the influential German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the article, Strache met with "Valentina Makarova", who was purported to be the niece of a Russian oligarch, promising influence with Vladimir Putin and funding for the then-impending general election. If such revelations weren't sufficiently embarrassing, the leader also declared his admiration for Victor Orban's muzzling of independent media, aiming to introduce such measures in attaining power.
Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria's right-wing populist FPÖ party, met with a purported Russian multimillionaire on Ibiza in July 2017. She offered him campaign support in exchange for public contracts. What he didn't know was that the entire exchange was being recorded by hidden cameras.