Swiss police open case over fake poster shared by Russian-speaking sources – reports

GENEVA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – September 16, 2022) The Swiss Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) has opened an investigation after Russian-speaking sources shared fake news on a poster where Swiss people are asked to report people who overheat their homes warmer by 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and promised a reward of 200 francs ($208), media reported Thursday.

Belarusian news agency Belta last week shared what turned out to be a fake poster on Telegram with an alleged call from the Swiss government to report neighbors for overheating their homes. The Swiss authorities have distanced themselves from the information on the poster.

The 20 Minuten newspaper reported that Fedpol had launched an investigation after receiving several complaints of misuse of the Swiss federal emblem, as depicted on the fake poster.

The newspaper said there was no information about the author of the fake news, but the poster has already been shared by a number of Russian-speaking social media profiles, including journalists and some news agencies. hurry.

At the end of August, Swiss authorities indicated that in the event of a gas shortage, the temperature in gas-heated rooms should not exceed 19 degrees Celsius, according to a draft decree. In addition, water can only be heated to 60 degrees Celsius, while the use of heaters will be prohibited. Saunas and swimming pools should also be turned off.

Switzerland would face the incredibly high risk of electricity and gas shortages. In late August, Werner Luginbuehl, the head of Switzerland’s electricity commission ElCom, urged citizens to stock up on candles and firewood, citing possible power outages over the coming winter. The Swiss government is expected to impose restrictions on energy consumption for the first time.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb