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Media UK: Russia — a major threat to a free society

СМИ Великобритании: Россия — главная угроза свободному обществу

The connection between the tramp and the Kremlin

U.S. attorney General Jeff sessions said that he knew about the Russian ties former adviser to trump the foreign policy of George Papadopoulos, which contradicts the statement he made to Congress before taking office (The Guardian, 15.11). According to and Roman sessions, he only recently remembered about the meeting with Papadopoulos in which he told him about his contacts with the Russians. Although sessions and cited that he doesn’t remember details of the conversation, he said that Papadopoulos has warned against attempts to organize a meeting between trump and Putin.

Trump condemned those who criticized his attempts to improve relations with Putin, calling them “haters” and “fools” (The Telegraph, 12.11). In addition, trump expressed confidence in Putin denies meddling in the American elections, and expressed hope that Russia will help US to deal with problems in North Korea, Syria and Ukraine.

Former Director of National intelligence James clapper called the trump’s desire to downplay the Russian intervention in the American elections “threat to the country” (the Independent, 12.11). He was joined by ex-CIA Director John Brennan called an “obvious” threat from Russia, in his opinion, trump is vulnerable to manipulation by foreign heads of state who can take advantage of his greed for flattery and unwillingness to admit the involvement of outsiders to his victories. Senator John McCain expressed concern that trump is willing to believe the former KGB Colonel to a greater extent than his own intelligence.

Russian intervention in British politics

During the U.S. investigation, the Russian information campaign in the Twitter revealed that the account that triggered the persecution against Muslim women in the UK and owned by a supposedly “proud Texan and American patriot”, in fact, were driven out of Russia (The Telegraph, 13.15). After the terrorist attacks in London, the account posted a photo of a woman looking at the phone while lying next to the dead, “the Texan” declared indifference to Muslim casualties among the British and called for the ban of Islam. In addition, with the same account periodically showed support Brexia and hope that a British exit from the EU will lead to the cleansing of Muslims in its territory. On Twitter the “Texan” was 17 thousand subscribers, and it was blocked by the social network, among others, the Kremlin-connected accounts.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh was established by the Russian affiliation of more than 400 accounts on Twitter trying to influence the outcome of Brexia (Independent, 15.11). Most spoke in favor of a British exit from the EU and criticized immigrants and refugees. Some of them were entirely automated, others continued to be managed manually, and for a referendum from these accounts were written more than 45 thousand comments on Brexia.

British Prime Minister Theresa may has condemned the Russian interference in Western politics, accusing Moscow that “woineshet information” and spreading false news (Financial Times, 13.11). Mei called Russia the main threat to a free society; her statement happened a few days after the former head of the Scottish national party Alex Salmond has declared that it will conduct periodic programs on the Russian channel RT.

Usually the opposition against the ruling party The Guardian (14.11) supported Mei, noting the contrast of her performances with the “absurd” comments of trump, who showed trust Putin after a meeting of the presidents in Vietnam. However, the newspaper reminded the General reluctance Mei went head to head with the Kremlin: she has ceased to criticize the Russian campaign in Syria, and when he was Minister of internal Affairs tried to block the investigation into Alexander Litvinenko.

Russian hackers

The head of the National cybersecurity center of Britain’s Kieran Martin has reported hacker attacks on the power grid of the country, carried out from Russia last year (The Telegraph, 15.11). According to him, Russia is trying “to undermine the international system,” Martin agreed with Mei statement about the danger posed by the Kremlin for the world order. The newspaper recalled the WannaCry virus that infected the computers of the National health service UK, and written about tens of millions of hacker attacks, reported by the cyber security centre after its establishment last year.

Russian measures against foreign media

Financial Times (14.11) wrote about the bill adopted by the Duma on first reading and allowing the Department of justice to block any media that receive funding from abroad if they are not registered as foreign agents. The bill was developed in response to the registration of Russian channel RT as a foreign agent in the United States, however, has gone much further, according to the newspaper. If in the US this mark is a “bureaucratic formality”, Russia’s “foreign agents” directly associated with espionage against the country and faced with tightened inspections and difficulties in interaction with local businesses.

Expert on human rights, quoted in the Independent (15.11), called the wording of the bill deliberately vague even by the standards of the state Duma that will allow the Kremlin to arbitrarily take action against those media that do not suit the authorities. However, the media expert of the Higher school of Economics, recalled the context of the bill and found the us coverage of what is happening as an example of “double standards”, since the measures against the RT in the United States were also due to more geopolitical confrontation between the two countries than the actions of the channel.

Evidence of us support for ISIS

The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation published in social networks photo, which he called “irrefutable proof” of support of ISIS (banned terrorist organization – approx. ed.) from the US (The Guardian, 14.11). However, it turned out that it was a screenshot from the computer simulation game, and last year’s photographs from Iraq, where the country’s armed forces bombed the forces of the “Islamic state”. Soon after the revelations, the defence Ministry has removed the posts and has promised to investigate the actions of responsible staff. According to The Guardian, this is not the first case when Russia gives other people shooting for their own: an interview with Oliver stone, President Putin issued footage of American operations in Afghanistan for the Russian.

 

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