HOW THE KREMLIN’S STOKING DISCORD AROUND THE WORLD
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.
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.
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.
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’.