The Committee of the British Parliament found no evidence of Russia’s interference in the 2016 voting on Brexit. This was stated in a report published on Tuesday, July 21.
The Russian media produced stories in support of Brexit, as well as used “bots” and “trolls” as evidence, but the impact of all this on the result cannot be proved, the document says.
At the same time, the report stresses that Russia’s attempts to interfere in the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 have been proved. The report also states that the Russians, “close to Russian President Vladimir Putin,” are tightly integrated into British business, politics and social life.
During Putin’s rule, Russia has turned from a potential partner into a clear threat, the report said.
On July 16, British Foreign Secretary Dominique Raab said London had no evidence of Russia’s full-scale interference in the election, but he believed that the interference did occur through the publication of various documents. However, they were not part of a “large-scale campaign” to interfere in democratic processes.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that London’s statements “sound vaguely and contradictorily. According to her, they are reminiscent of the “highly likely” tactics used during the “Fiddlers’ case.