HOW THE KREM­LIN’S STOK­ING DIS­CORD AROUND THE WORLD

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UNITED KINGDOM

PM THERESA MAY ac­cuses Rus­sia of a ‘cam­paign of cy­ber es­pi­onage and dis­rup­tion’. Moscow sus­pected of in­volve­ment in 14 re­cent ‘killings’ in Bri­tain in­clud­ing the mur­der of for­mer Soviet spy Alexan­der Litvi­nenko, and busi­ness­man Alexan­der Perepilich­nyy. Rus­sia sus­pected of us­ing fake so­cial me­dia ac­counts dur­ing the EU ref­er­en­dum, and ex­ploit­ing ter­ror­ist in­ci­dents to try to trig­ger pub­lic un­rest. London is a cen­tre of wide­spread money laun­der­ing by Rus­sians.

ITALY

IN 2016, Rus­sia was blamed for a four-month cy­ber-at­tack on for­eign min­istry email sys­tem. Far-Right North­ern League party has a co-op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Rus­sia, and the anti-es­tab­lish­ment Five Star move­ment is pro-Krem­lin.

SCAN­DI­NAVIA

SWE­DEN: Scare­mon­ger­ing sto­ries about im­mi­gra­tionre­lated crime and a staged riot at­trib­uted to Rus­sia’s fake news op­er­a­tion. NOR­WAY: Rus­sian hack­ers at­tacked gov­ern­ment com­put­ers in 2016. DEN­MARK: Reg­u­lar cy­ber­at­tacks, in­clud­ing ac­cess to un­clas­si­fied emails in the de­fence depart­ment.

THE BALKANS

MON­TENE­GRO: Rus­sia is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to de­rail its ac­ces­sion to Nato, and Rus­sian spies al­legedly di­rected a failed coup in 2016. Agents dis­guised as po­lice­men were sup­posed to fire on crowds, seize par­lia­ment and kill the pro-Western PM. SER­BIA: With strong historical ties, the coun­try re­mains a bas­tion of Moscow in­flu­ence. Re­cently, Ser­bia re­ceived a ‘gift’ from Moscow of six MiG-29 war­planes’.

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