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Russia report published - Did the Kremlin influence the Brexit vote?

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  • The long-awaited report on Russia by the Parliament's Secret Service Committee has been published in London.
  • According to the report, Russia tried to influence the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.
  • There are also signs that Russia interfered in the UK's Brexit discussion in 2016.
  • The British government reacted far too slowly to the possible danger from Russia. The secret service committee is now calling for an ex-post investigation.

The report on Russian interference in politics and elections shows the Kremlin interfering in the Scottish independence referendum. There are credible indications for this, said the secret service committee, the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) of parliament.

The "Russia" report of the parliamentary commission ISC

It is the "first post-Soviet interference in a democratic election in the West," says the long-awaited report. 55 percent of Scots voted against secession from the UK in 2014.

Brexit interference in 2016 remains unclear

According to the ISC report, there are also signs of Russian attempts at manipulation in the 2016 Brexit referendum. The British government had not fully followed up on this information, which is why the British secret services dealt with the question.

However, the corresponding parts of the Russia report on Brexit have largely been blacked out. In 2016, almost 52 percent of the British voted for separation from the European Union.

Harsh criticism of the government

The Secret Service Committee (ISC) also criticizes the British government. They actively avoided looking for interventions by other countries during the 2016 EU referendum. In addition, there was no reason to delay the publication of the report for so long.

Accordingly, the Commission is calling for an ex-post investigation and recommending that the government clarify its "plans and priorities with regard to Russia" in the future.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies that he deliberately withheld the Russia report before the 2019 elections.

Russia rejects allegations

In the 2019 report, Russia is portrayed as a hostile power: "Britain is clearly a target for Russia's disinformation campaigns and political influence and must prepare to counter such efforts."

Russian influence is possible through espionage, cyber attacks, election manipulation and money laundering.

The Russian government immediately denied the allegations. Russia has never interfered in the elections of any other country, said the presidential office in Moscow.

SRF 4 News, July 21, 2020, 2:00 p.m .; dpa / reu / bisv / sibl; kurn

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  • Comment from Werner Gürr (FrMu)
    ".. the relevant parts of the Russia report on Brexit largely blackened out."
    Hahaha. How do we know that there is anything under the blackening at all. This Russia report is a joke. He is totally unbelievable. For whom and for what purpose was it actually written? Do its authors really believe they can convince anyone that way? A fairytale aunt who announces that the wolf is so evil & when it comes to describing his atrocities, there is silence.
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  • Comment from Misra Namana (Misra Namana)
    I think Russia's interests are clear. You want to have good relations with the EU and want the EU to be an independent trading power. And GB was in the way as a US dachshund. Therefore, a Brexit would be only right. How strong the influence was compared to others is hardly distinguishable.
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  • Comment from Thomas Schneebeli (TS + LL)
    Russia does not need to destabilize the EU. The leaders in Brussels manage to do this even without outside help.
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