DISINFO: No evidence of Russian interference in Brexit vote
  • Outlet: sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: November 06, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): English
  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • Countries / regions discussed: UK, Russia
election meddling Cyber Manipulated elections/referendum

DISINFO: No evidence of Russian interference in Brexit vote


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


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).


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