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Monday 30 July 2018

The British Parliament Called for a Joint Response to Russia’s Interference


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MOSCOW (Pravda) – As stated in the report of the Committee on digital technologies, culture, sports and media, entitled Disinformation and Fake News, the British Parliament has called for the consolidation of the work of government departments to counter the threat from Russia. Deputies are asking the government to make public a statement about how many investigations are currently being conducted on Russia’s interference in British politics.

A separate section of the document is devoted to the Russian Federation, and it states that the six parliamentary committees “united their efforts in the fight against Russian influence” on the political life of the country. The report says:

We encourage the British government to appeal to other governments and follow recommendations agreed by US and EU representatives, including representatives of this Committee, at a recent inter-parliamentary meeting in the Atlantic Council. The government should exchange information on risks, vulnerabilities and best practices in countering Russia’s intervention, exchange of information, resources and best practices, this government will be able to fight Russia’s interference in our election.

The report also calls for a full investigation into the contacts between millionaire Arron Benx, who sponsored a campaign to leave the EU, and Russian officials and his business relations with Russian companies:

We understand that the National Crime Investigation Agency is studying these issues, and we believe that they should be given full access to any relevant information that will help them to investigate.

Deputies propose restrictions for future donors to “show their source of donations”.

It also indicates the need for further investigation against Facebook and Russian intervention on this platform.

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