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NYET OK Russia report: Britain a ‘top target’ for Vladimir Putin and UK government ‘underestimated threat’ of Kremlin Alexander Brown

NYET OK Russia report: Britain a ‘top target’ for Vladimir Putin and UK government ‘underestimated threat’ of Kremlin Alexander Brown
VLADIMIR Putin sees Britain as a "top target" and the UK government 'underestimated the threat' of Russia, a bombshell report has revealed.
The long-awaited report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee confirmed a series of attempts from the Kremlin to interfere in British democracy.
The report claimed Russia has repeatedly targeted Britain
The report claimed Russia has repeatedly targeted Britain
The 50-page document analysed Russian meddling in UK elections and referendums across donations, cyber attacks and even assassinations.
The shocking document says: “It is clear that Russia currently poses a significant threat to the UK on a number of fronts – from espionage to interference in democratic processes, and to serious crime.
"The UK is one of Russia’s top Western intelligence targets: particularly given the UK’s firm stance against recent Russian aggression and the UK-led international response to the 2018 Salisbury attack. 
"Russia’s intelligence services are disproportionately large and powerful and, given the lack of rule of law, are able to act without constraint."
It also warned Britain had been "playing catch-up" to the threat posed by the Kremlin,with Russian interference the "new normal".
The report said:
  • There was no evidence of interference in the Brexit referendum- but also the Government did not look for any
  • Russia sees Britain as "top target" for cyber attacks and political interference
  • The Government "took its eye of the ball" and "badly underestimated" the threat of Russia
  • Russian influence in the UK is the "new normal"

Brexit

The report also found no evidence of interference in the Brexit vote.
It warned it was “impossible to assess” any level of involvement from Russia and instead demanded a further assessment.
Committee member Stewart Hosie MP said: The report reveals that no one in government knew if Russia interfered in or sought to influence the [Brexit] referendum because they did not want to know.
"The UK Government have actively avoided looking for evidence that Russia interfered, we were told they hadn't seen any evidence but that is meaningless if they didn't even look for it."
Kevan Jones MP added: "We wanted to see the post-referendum assessments but there isn't one there has been no assessment of Russian interference in the EU referendum and that goes back to no one wanting to touch this issue with a 10ft pole".
The report also backed Britain's voting system to stand up to any attacks.
It adds: "While the mechanics of our paper-based voting system are largely sound, we cannot be complacent about a hostile state taking deliberate action with the aim of influencing our democratic processes."

Scotland

It also suggests interference in the Scottish Independence referendum, labelling the claims Russia was involved as "credible".
It pointed to the use of "bots" and "trolls" as evidence Moscow tried to interfere.
Mr Jones said there was "clear evidence" of Russian interference not just from the Scottish referendum but also the hacking of the Democrats in the US.
He added that despite this the Government still failed to direct intelligence agencies to look into any influence in past or future elections.

Spies

The report also demanded new legislation to crack down on foreign spies, and accused the Government of being slow to act.
It said: “It has been clear for some time that Russia under Putin has moved from potential partner to established threat, fundamentally unwilling to adhere to international law – the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 and the annexation of Crimea in 2014 were stark indicators of this.
"We therefore question whether the Government took its eye off the ball because of its focus on counter-terrorism: it was the opinion of the Committee that until recently the Government had badly underestimated the response required to the Russian threat –and is still playing catch up."
The report published today
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The report published today
The Intelligence and Security Committee published the report today
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The Intelligence and Security Committee published the report today
Russia also tried to interfere in 2014's Scottish Independence referendum
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Russia also tried to interfere in 2014's Scottish Independence referendum

Fake News

The report also pointed to a series of false stories pumped out by Russian state broadcasters, as well as through bots online.
It has now called for a social media crackdown on fake news.

It said: “The Government must now seek to establish a protocol with the social media companies to ensure that they take covert hostile state use of their platforms seriously, and have clear timescales within which they commit to removing such material."
Russia has been accused of repeated interventions and attacks on British soil.
This includes the Salisbury poisoning attack on spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33.
The ex-KGB spy and his daughter Yulia, 36, were exposed to a nerve agent and fell gravely ill after having a pizza lunch in Salisbury on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Russia denied that their special services were involved in the attack, which sparked a diplomatic spat and the expulsion of embassy staff.
The report was delayed after the PM called an election
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The report was delayed after the PM called an election
Ex-KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a nerve agent in 2018
Ex-KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a nerve agent in 2018
The former head of MI6 had previously claimed there was no evidence of Russian intervention in the Brexit vote, but that it interfered in the US election.
Publication of the report was delayed by Boris Johnson’s decision to call a general election and the need to re-establish the ISC. 
It comes just days after Putin’s Russia was accused of trying to steal a coronavirus vaccine from Britain.
The Kremlin laughed off the allegations calling them “foggy and contradictory”.
Security sources say the high-tech espionage was ordered “at the highest levels” - possibly by Putin himself.
One source told The Sun the Kremlin was “terrified of being left behind” in the new Cold War race to find a vaccine.

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