Austrian citizen Monika Unger, who was about to stage a military coup and asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to introduce troops, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Her likeminded people were punished more lenient, The Local reports.
Unger, who proclaimed herself president of an underground organization called Confederacy Austria, was found guilty of inciting mutiny and attempting to undermine the state system. Her assistant, a 71-year-old retired policeman, was jailed for 10 years and several others were sentenced.
It became known in October 2018 that the founders of “Confederation” were detained. According to media reports, the group had up to 2.7 thousand participants and positioned itself as a full-fledged state alternative to the existing one in the country. The members of the group saved up money and hoped to stage a military coup in the country, considering options for foreign intervention: to this end, Unger wrote a letter to Putin.
Unger criticized the Austrian system for its injustice: in her view, modern Austria is a non-free “capital society,” an overwhelming personality. The woman had previously belonged to the nationalist Austrian Freedom Party, one of the parties of the ruling coalition in parliament. It is noted that among the group members there were many ultra-right and other extremists.