Disinfo: No evidence of Russian interference in Brexit vote

Summary

No solid evidence exists to support the claim that Russia interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative denying Moscow's interference in Western democratic processes. See similar cases here.

Russian state efforts to affect the outcome of the Brexit vote are well-documented in news reports, and parliamentary enquiries (see especially pp. 43-52).

In the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Kremlin continues to officially maintain that the Russian state has never been implicated in cyber crimes. See our debunk of this claim here. See here for our overview of confirmed instances of Russian electoral interference in the UK and elsewhere (under the "Electoral Interference" tab).

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Cyber, Manipulated elections/referendum

Disclaimer

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence given. As can be read here, “Joker” is part of a six-picture financing deal that Canadian company Creative Wealth Media and Aaron Gilbert’s Bron Studios closed at the end of 2018.

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Disproof

The repeated disinformation narrative that there is no freedom of speech in the Baltic countries and that censorship flourishes there.

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Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative. Pro-Kremlin media routinely accuse the White Helmets of “working for terrorists” and giving biased information to the Western media. No evidence is given to support these claims.

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