Rus­sia ‘in­ter­fered in Cat­alo­nia vote’

The Straits Times - - WORLD -

BRUS­SELS Madrid be­lieves Rus­sian-based groups used so­cial me­dia to heav­ily pro­mote Cat­alo­nia’s in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum last month in a bid to desta­bilise Spain, Span­ish min­is­ters have said.

Its de­fence and for­eign min­is­ters said on Mon­day they had ev­i­dence that Rus­sian groups used the In­ter­net to swing pub­lic opin­ion be­hind the sep­a­ratist cause.

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