UK media is reporting that a group of UK parliamentarians has taken legal demanding an independent inquiry into Russia interference with UK democracy. According to a BBC report:
A recent report called interference by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government “the new normal” A group of MPs and peers has filed legal proceedings against the government for failing to “protect” UK democracy from Russian interference. They want judges to demand an independent inquiry, following claims relating to the 2016 EU referendum and the 2014 Scottish independence vote. They argue votes must be held under conditions ensuring free expression, under Europe’s human rights convention. But the government said it had “robust systems” to deal with hostile states. It added that it was bringing forward legislation to deal with activities carried out by them. UK ‘badly underestimated’ Russian threat Russians sought to meddle in UK election – Raab In July, a report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said the UK government had not looked for evidence of whether Russia had interfered in the 2016 EU referendum. It called such actions by Moscow the “new normal”, adding that ministers were “playing catch-up” and needed to take “immediate action”. This summer’s Russia Report was expected to answer the question over whether Russia interfered in political life. But instead it raised more questions leading to this latest salvo.
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In July, foreignpolicy.com characterized the report on Russian interference as follows:
The 47-page, highly readable report, which has been shelved for over a year, offers a damning assessment of the U.K. government’s failure to examine Russian attempts to influence the course of the Brexit vote and describes Russian interference in the country as “the new normal.”
In September, Reuters reported that according to Facebook, a Russian influence operation posed as an independent news outlet to target left-wing voters in the United States and Britain, including by recruiting freelance journalists to write about domestic politics.
The GIOR has been reporting extensively on Russian influence operations.