Why is England so anti-Russian

Report on Russian influence presented : "Actively avoided looking for Russian influence"

The conservative governments of the past decade have ignored, downplayed or not taken seriously enough the threat to democratic votes in Britain posed by Russian attempts at influence.

This is the conclusion of Parliament's Intelligence Control Committee in a report the publication of which the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed by more than half a year. In particular, before and after the 2016 Brexit referendum, the conservatives “actively avoided looking for Russian influence,” said committee member Stewart Hosie in the lower house on Tuesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov described the allegations against his country as unfounded: Russia has never mixed with the concerns of other countries.

Downing Street sways

The Foreign Policy spokeswoman for the Labor opposition, Lisa Nandy, called the report extremely embarrassing for the government: "There is no coherent overall strategy towards Russia." a subsequent examination is not necessary.

Just last week, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab accused “Russian actors” of attempting to influence the 2019 general election. In addition, Moscow's secret services have directed cyber attacks on the scientists in Oxford and London who are involved in the development of a corona vaccine.

Russia "very strong and very weak at the same time"

The report now published is based on an investigation during the previous legislative period. With 42 pages and a few appendices, the document is comparatively short and rather represents a summary without revealing details of the knowledge gained. The parliamentarians justify this with the continuing threat to the country. If more had been disclosed, it would make the work of the Russian secret services all too much easier.

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Russia is "very strong and very weak at the same time," is the analysis of the parliamentarians. Despite a comparatively small economy, the country has large and powerful secret services and armed forces and represents “an all-encompassing security threat”. Russian oligarchs and their family members have donated several million pounds to the conservatives since 2010.

"Center of the anti-Russia lobby in the West"

Why is the Kremlin targeting Britain? The committee justifies this with the close ties to the USA. In addition, President Vladimir Putin perceives the British capital as the “center of the anti-Russia lobby in the West”.

The successful diplomacy of London after the chemical weapons attack on ex-agent Sergej Skripal, his daughter and several citizens of Salisbury in March 2018 reinforced this impression. In solidarity with Great Britain, 28 allies expelled 153 Russian diplomats and spies from the country.

Influencing Scottish voting

In the run-up to the referendum on Scottish independence in autumn 2014, numerous Russian cyber bots created the mood for the yes campaign, reports the committee. Nevertheless, the government of then Prime Minister David Cameron had taken no precautions to avoid similar occurrences in the EU referendum. Under his successor, Theresa May, everything was then avoided in order to investigate the widely known open sources that alleged Moscow's dubious connections with parts of the exit campaign.

The statement by the Johnson administration that there was no evidence was disgraced by Labor Committee member Kevan Jones as "irrelevant": If you don't search, you can't find anything.

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