Russia poses ‘significant threat’ to Britain and has repeatedly tried to meddle with UK politics, damning report reveals


RUSSIA poses a “significant threat” to the UK and has repeatedly tried to meddle with British politics, a damning report has revealed.

The long-awaited report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee confirmed a series of attempts from the Kremlin to interfere in British democracy.

The report claimed Russia had repeatedly targeted Britain

The 50-page document analysed Russian meddling in UK elections and referendums across donations, cyber attacks and even assassinations.

It warns that the UK is “clearly a target for Russia’s disinformation campaigns and political influence operations”.

The shocking document says: “It is clear that Russia currently poses a significant threat to the UK on a number of fronts – from espionage to interference in democratic processes, and to serious crime.”

The report refuses to comment on whether Russia intervened in the Brexit vote, warning it would be “impossible to assess”.

It also suggests interference in the Scottish Independence referendum.

The report has now urged the Government to work with social media companies to crack down on fake news pumped out by hostiles states.

It said: “The Government must now seek to establish a protocol with the social media companies to ensure that they take covert hostile state use of their platforms seriously, and have clear timescales within which they commit to removing such material.

“Government should ‘name and shame’ those which fail to act.”

Russia has been accused of repeated interventions and attacks on British soil.

This includes the Salisbury poisoning attack on spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33.

The ex-KGB spy and his daughter Yulia, 36, were exposed to a nerve agent and fell gravely ill after having a pizza lunch in Salisbury on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Russia denied that their special services were involved in the attack, which sparked a diplomatic spat and the expulsion of embassy staff.

 Ex-KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a nerve agent

Ex-KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a nerve agent in 2018
Yes campaign supporters in George Square, Glasgow...
Russia also tried to interfere in 2014’s Scottish Independence referendum

The former head of MI6 had previously claimed there was no evidence of Russian intervention in the Brexit vote, but that it interfered in the US election.

Sir Richard Dearlove, who backed Leave in Britain’s referendum on European Union membership, spoke out on allegations of interference in 2017.

He said: “I’ve not seen anything that convinces me at all that the Russians intervened significantly in the Brexit referendum”.

Publication of the report was delayed by Boris Johnson’s decision to call a general election and the need to re-establish the ISC. 

Putin’s Russia has also been accused of trying to steal a coronavirus vaccine from Britain.

The Kremlin laughed off the allegations calling them “foggy and contradictory”.

Britain pointed the finger in explosive claims the president knew about attacks on the Covid-19 vaccine project. 

Security sources say the high-tech espionage was ordered “at the highest levels” – possibly by Putin himself.

One source told HOAR the Kremlin was “terrified of being left behind” in the new Cold War race to find a vaccine.

Russia’s ambassador to the UK, Andrey Kelin, dismissed the claims.

He told the BBC that Russia does not interfere in other country’s domestic politics.

He said: “We do not see any point in interfering, because for us whether it is Conservative party or Labour party at the head of this country we will try to settle relations and to establish better relations than now.”

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