Russia is trying to findings of European intelligence services in the European election campaign to interfere. There are efforts to support social networks or media, such as the multilingual news channel RT Russia-friendly or EU-critical parties.
young people in Particular were the focus of attempts at manipulation, means it is according to information from the German press-Agency in the current situation reports. The importance of the European Parliament and, therefore, a vote shall be called in question. The EU Parliament will be between the 23. and 26. May re-elected.
At the same time, emphasizes, according to senior Intelligence officials that the Russian approach is far less visible than it was before the U.S. presidential election in 2016, or the election in France in may 2017. At that time, hacked emails, the Democrats had been published in the USA in order to harm their presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In France, the right-wing populist and Russia-friendly candidate Marine Le Pen was supported even with Russian money.
As a possible reason for the change of Tactics of Russia are circles seen in the secret service’s recent Retaliation: So Europeans and Americans had poison in the last year, the nerves stop on a double-spy for the occasion, by more than 150 Russian Embassy employees to be shown. The vast majority of them it was, in truth, to spies.
With the action networks had been destroyed and that Russia had built up with a lot of money and a lot of effort, said a high-ranking secret service employees on request of the dpa. Extremely uncomfortable, and image damaging for Russia, the Dutch disclosure to the Russian Abhörangriff had been to the OPCW. In this case, you have shown to the Public clearly and precisely as in hardly any other case, such as Russia previous. Result was a justifiable storm of outrage.
Who exactly is behind the Russian campaigns, the election, influence, is look for European intelligence services. Basically, it was to be assumed that the political leadership in Moscow the Issuer’s strategic objectives. This could be, for example, to promote Russia-friendly forces, or to stir up controversy within the EU or Nato.
The objectives would then be implemented by the various services, or other agents relatively independently and without much coordination. So service, the FSB, the foreign military was in addition to the Russian domestic secret intelligence service GRU, the so-called the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg in the area. The latter attempts to manipulate public opinion on the Internet – for example, by influencing in discussion forums the mood or content with bogus identities on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter spread.
The government in Moscow rejected the accusations on demand as baseless. Russia is not getting involved in the European election and the other elections, not before, informed the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the German press Agency. The EU is in a serious crisis of the traditional parties is not submitted to the voters and, therefore, Euro-sceptics and populists strengthened. “Such a radical change there is the great temptation to look for someone who could somehow be “on the edge” in this process debt,” wrote the Ministry provocatively in the direction of the EU. It is easier to explain the success of populists and nationalists by a “destructive influence” from the outside.