Moscow condemns smear campaign targeting Karin Kneissl
Kremlin says death threats against former Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl should serve as “a wake-up call.”
“As far as we know, she was indeed persecuted, ‘cancelled’, etc.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
“Completely unbearable conditions have been created for her,” Peskov added.
“This is a wake-up call for a society that is capable of such [mistreatment].”
Kneissl, who served as foreign minister between 2017 and 2019, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that she had to leave Austria due to death threats. In May, she quit the board of Russian oil giant Rosneft.
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Many countries, including EU members, imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia after troops were sent to Ukraine in late February.
The Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), which appointed Kneissl to the ministerial post, has long been accused of having pro-Russian leanings. The party denies this allegation.
Kneissl’s wedding in 2018 made international headlines after Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the ceremony in Austria as a guest and waltzed with Kneissl. She has also written opinion pieces for RT, the last of which was published on January 31.