- The report states Russia used social engineering propaganda to support Brexit vote.
- Russian oligarchs exert their influence in the UK to promote Kremlin interests.
- Russia is a threat to the West.
On July 21, Wikileaks tweeted a link to the UK Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament: Russia Report. Wikileaks have been accused favoring Russia. The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is wanted in the USA on many charges. Currently, he is in the UK.
WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes news leaks and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organization Sunshine Press, claimed in 2015 to have released online 10 million documents in its first 10 years.
Julian Assange is accused of hacking US servers and leaking sensitive classified information. It should be noted that Boris Johnson allowed the report to be released. The report release was not a result of hacking.
The UK Intelligence and Security Committee Parliament Russia Report was compiled by the British Parliament’s Intelligence Committee, which was investigating Moscow’s interference in various election campaigns for the past year.
The report is divided into nine chapters. The chapters include research and findings on the topics of the Russian cyber operations and disinformation. Additionally, the report contains evidence of massive money laundering of illegal funds in London by oligarchs and their promotion of the Kremlin’s political influence.
However, the report is missing Russia using the UK to circumvent sanctions. For example, a Russian Pizza franchise used a UK company as a franchisee to open Pizza locations in Africa. The first location was opened in Nigeria.
The findings of the report concluded Russian media produced stories in support of Brexit, and also used “bots” and “trolls” as evidence. However, the impact of all this on the result cannot be proved, the document says.
At the same time, the report emphasizes that Russia’s attempts to interfere in the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 are proven. The report also states that Russians “close to Russian President Vladimir Putin” are tightly integrated into British business, politics and social life.
The arrival of Russian capital in Britain created a strong lobbying group to expand Russian interests even further. A committee of the British Parliament called on other states to increase pressure on Moscow.
After the release of the report, the Kremlin made an official statement. Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov stated that “even if this report contains some ephemeral accusations, I bet now that even if some accusations take place, they will not be based on anything, they will be another unfounded accusations.”
Moreover, the Kremlin launched a counter attack on the UK, claiming that the BBC, which is funded by the British government, funded a campaign to stop Russian nationals from voting favorably on the Russian constitutional amendments referendum. The vote happened on July 1st, with over 70% of voters supporting Putin’s proposal.
The report suggests of the West unification to offset the threat of Russia. Putin’s Russia poses a danger to the UK. The attempts at the political interference will continue.