Intelligence Services: Russia Interferes in European Parliament Elections
Data Protection Authorities found that Russia tries to influence the youth, and convince them that elections are insignificant
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European intelligence services are convinced that Russia is trying to interfere in the European Parliament elections, although it does not work as openly as it did during the American and French elections, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, referencing the European Commission’s Data Protection Authorities.
“European intelligence services are convinced that Russia sees a chance in the electoral struggle in Europe to destabilize the EU, but Moscow has changed its methods,” the article says.
In particular, there are attempts to influence with the help of social networks. Russian state television channels such as RT, support Russian-oriented politicians and parties and Euroskeptics. Especially, Russia tries to influence the youth, and convince them that elections are insignificant.
The consequences of previous attempts to intervene were the expulsion of many Russian diplomats from foreign countries. Western special services destroyed many Russian networks, in which Moscow invested enormous amounts of money and resources.
The Russian government categorically rejects the allegations. The Ministry Foreign Affairs of Russia stated to the DPA agency that Russia did not intervene in EU elections or other countries.