Russia's British Elections

Since Vladimir Putin became the leader of Russia, there has been an assertive position towards the West while strengthening Russia’s role on a global level and expressing military means as an instrument of security policy. Putin has had a negative view of NATO and the European Union due to both's enlargement policies and would relish a chance to destabilize them.

The various sanctions have not helped Russia economically but have given a significant rise in power to Putin, who has used that to attack former Soviet states like Ukraine and Georgia or control them against the West.

But in the past few years, his animosity towards the West has spilled into interference in their home affairs and especially elections. Putin’s dislike of the former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, went as far as the hacking of the Democratic Party’s emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

The sensitive report, compiled by the U.K.'s Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, that current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is refusing to release has begun to leak to the media just in time for the British elections this December. It has described Russian oligarchs as funneling money into the British Conservative party.

Although this is nothing new, gossip has been circulating that Johnson may use Russia to destroy the E.U. all due to the crises with Brexit, which he wants to come out of like the men who finally delivered the dreaded E.U. divorce. His desperation to be a Prime Minister with a mandate means he will withhold whatever could potentially hurt him at the polls in December.

“Who do they think they are that they would keep information like that from the public, especially before an election?” Mrs. Clinton said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper. “Well, I’ll tell you who they think they are. They think that they are the all-powerful, strong men who should be ruling.”

In the U.S., the Muller Report has shown precisely how Russia mounted a social media campaign predominantly through Facebook using messages that favored the Republicans and attacking the Democrats. There is also strong evidence that Russia was involved in the U.K.’s Brexit vote as its hackers run 150,000 Russian language twitter accounts posting in the English language, urging people to vote “leave.”

And it is information like this the Johnson is most afraid of but would sit silently back as Russia attempts to destroy the E.U. and NATO so long as he and his wealthy friends can bet against the continuous collapse of the Pound Sterling. But how this affects everyday people struggling to make ends meet, no British Conservative appears to care.

But in Johnson’s case, he argues that Russia report is all propaganda, even though it has been reported that nine wealthy Russians are Conservative party donors. It is illegal to take money from foreign individuals or organizations to fund political parties. Still, there is no law against foreigners who have established homes in the U.K. to support political parties financially.

However, Johnson’s friendship with Russian-British media tycoon Evgeny Lebedev who happens to be the son of the former KGB intelligence officer, is enough to raise eyebrows. He had attended Lebedev’s party in Italy without the security detail when he was a Foreign Minister. One wonders why and what went on? Probably the same thing he wants to hide from the voters in the Russia report.

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