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Sun May 12, 2019, 02:52 PM

Russia Targeting European Parliamentary Elections With Help of Far-Right Politicans

Source: Daily Beast

Russia and Europe’s far-right political parties are using the same fear tactics to influence crucial European Parliament elections to be held May 23 to 26. The New York Times reports that servers used to launch attacks against the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 U.S. elections are now hosting websites used by far-right parties in Germany and Italy.

European parliamentary elections are especially important in the Brexit age, when leaders will be looking to establish new Europe-wide regulations on immigration and Russian sanctions—issues which have traditionally divided the bloc. Russia benefits when leaders who are interested in lifting sanctions gain power in Brussels.

The Russian manipulation websites are focused on sowing fear about migration and over-regulation by Brussels. Most are linked back from social media misinformation posts that push anti-immigrant and nationalist stories across Europe. The Times reports that Russia is “undeterred” in the spread of misinformation with the intent to influence European elections despite recriminations after meddling in the 2016 US Presidential elections.

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In Italy, disinformation sites are linked to the country’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The Daily Beast confirmed that the websites I’m With Putin and Stop Europe were developed by the same person in charge of Salvini’s online campaign before he shot to power in 2018. Salvini is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, even visiting him at a campaign rally in Philadelphia in 2016. He is also close to Vladimir Putin, whom he recently visited in Moscow.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-targeting-european-parliamentary-elections-with-help-of-far-right-politicans?ref=wrap

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Reply Russia Targeting European Parliamentary Elections With Help of Far-Right Politicans (Original post)
groundloop May 12 OP
calimary May 12 #1
yaesu May 12 #2
ancianita May 12 #7
Turbineguy May 12 #3
Ghost Dog May 12 #4
targetpractice May 12 #5
johannsyah May 12 #6
ck4829 May 13 #8

Response to groundloop (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:54 PM

1. I bet Nigel Farage is lurking around in this one, too.

Man, he sure did a disappearing act after his precious Brexit passed.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:18 PM

2. tRumps buddy Steve Bannon up to his rat like eyeballs in this helping the russians. nt

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Response to yaesu (Reply #2)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:56 PM

7. Damn right he is. The FBI needs to keep a close watch on him.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:29 PM

3. Maybe conservatives are stuck in the thought,

"It's OK, the Russians aren't commies anymore!"


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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:37 PM

4. Much spin. So some "websites used by far-right parties in Germany and Italy"

are hosted by Russian commercial outfits. Hmm. What percentage of all such websites? Presumably many will be hosted by German or Italian or other European web hosting outfits, or even, heaven forbid, hosting server farms in the USA itself such as, say, GoDaddy?

The problem, from my point of view as a European, are the far-right parties and other organised groups as such. Encouraged and financed, visibly, by the likes of Bannon and Mercer of the USA. Thanks very much.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:02 PM

5. I'm totally overwhelmed...

I feel like good and decent society is being attacked, and our current administration is DOING NOTHING about it.

Sorry, for this negative post... Just having a down moment.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:44 PM

6. this is scary

I do hope the alt right parties will fail to get more seats.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 04:46 AM

8. K&R

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