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London admits absence of evidence of Moscow's interference in elections
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London has no evidence that Moscow interfered in the British elections, the British government admitted. This is how the authorities responded to the report of the parliamentary intelligence committee, which was published the day before, on July 21, RIA Novosti reports.
The alleged Russian interference in the parliamentary elections, which took place last year, was announced in the UK last week. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab claims that law enforcement agencies have already begun to investigate the relevant criminal case. His statement indicated that Russia "almost certainly" interfered in the elections.
The Prime Minister's office received the text of the report last autumn but decided to postpone its publication back then. Earlier, Boris Johnson, while still at the head of the British Foreign Office, said that London had no information about Russian interference.
The State Duma called this report "unfounded accusations." Vasily Piskarev, who heads the commission to investigate the facts of outside interference in the affairs of the Russian Federation, noted that there was no evidence of Russian interference. The parliamentarian explained that the commission is studying how foreign parliaments react to interference in internal affairs. He noted that London is proposing to impose tough sanctions on "foreign agents", taking an example from a similar American law, which was passed more than 80 years ago. Russian legislation does not provide for such harsh measures, although the country is accused of being excessively strict with foreign agents.