Status: 05.12.2023, 22:27 p.m.
By: Nail Akkoyun
Once again, trolls from Russia are targeting a European politician. This time in his sights: Economics Minister Robert Habeck.
Berlin/Moscow – Russian trolls specializing in disinformation have lured German Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) into a fake phone call. The Federal Ministry of Economics confirmed on Tuesday at the request of dpa that there had been a corresponding conversation. According to the ministry, the caller pretended to be a representative of the African Union in the phone call.
Security-related or confidential information was not part of the conversation. This had been interrupted several times due to technical problems with the line, so that a coherent conversation had not been established. A four-minute recording published by the two trolls on Telegram is a compilation, according to a ministry spokesperson. Neither the overall conversation described, nor the questions asked there as well as the attached answers could be confirmed, it was said.
Was the victim of a Russian troll call: Economics Minister Robert Habeck. (Archive photo) © Michael Kappeler/dpa
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In the alleged recording, Habeck can be heard calmly explaining in English that Ukraine should be helped to export its grain despite Russian attacks. Shortly after the call, the ministry said it received information from the German intelligence services. They had pointed out that there had been a contact under a false identity and a resulting fake call to Habeck. The ministry then analysed the facts of the case and assigned them. The incident was taken as an opportunity to review and sharpen the existing safety loops.
The recording was released on the channel of the pro-Kremlin duo Vovan and Lexus. The two are known for so-called pranks of foreign politicians and other famous personalities. Among their victims were former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British ex-Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
Just about a month ago, it became known that Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was also the victim of a Russian troll call. In this case, too, the phone call pretended that they were talking to representatives of the African Union. The Russian duo was also behind the action. (nak/dpa)