Russian TV hosts says SNP should use hackers to split from UK
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In a surreal video of the Russian-state-owned channel Russia1, TV host Evgeny Popov has suggested Nicola Sturgeon could get Russian hackers’ help to contribute to the disintegration of the UK with her second Scottish independence bid. He added Russian hackers had already got Donald Trump elected President of the United States. His invitation comes as Nicola Sturgeon is pressing ahead with a second independence bid whose legality will be reviewed by the Supreme Court in the next few months.
State TV host Evgeny Popov began by saying: “What’s happening is totally incredible. Scotland may split from the UK. Is this realistic? Is this an urgent problem? Clearly, this has been discussed for a long time.
“Was it discussed and then forgotten? Or is it serious this time?” he asked.
Russia1’s UK Correspondent Alexander Khabarov said: “Disintegration of the UK is a very serious issue, which is being given very close attention in London. But there are some difficulties.
“The referendum that was proposed by Nicola Sturgeon, leader of Scotland, is possible and may be legally binding, only if it is approved by the British government. The British government has been refusing to do that, stating that in 2014, the Scots had the chance to be heard with regard to their independence.”
“They voted against it and now this topic is closed,” the UK Correspondent said. “May I remind you that in 2016, when the UK voted to withdraw from the EU, there was also a consultative referendum.
“Nonetheless, the UK is no longer part of the UK. We’ll see how these events develop. I believe this will be a hot topic in the near future.”
TV host Evgeny Popov said: “Thanks Alexander Khabarov, reporting from London.”
“The Scots should reach out to our (Russian) hackers. We’ve been able to elect Trump in the United States.”
In 2016, the Russian government interfered in the US presidential election to get Donald Trump elected. The operation, code-named Project Lakhta, was ordered directly by Vladimir Putin, according to the US Intelligence Community (IC).
To achieve his aim, Vladimir Putin had Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) create thousands of fake social media accounts that appeared as Americans supporting radical political groups and promoted events in support of Donald Trump and against presidential contender Hilary Clinton.
After leading a Special Counsel investigation, former FBI Director Robert Mueller concluded that Russian interference was “sweeping and systematic” and “violated US criminal law.” However, the Special Counsel’s report failed to provide sufficient evidence to establish a link between Trump and the Kremlin.
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After winning the election, Donald Trump denied any Russian interference and claimed it was a “hoax” created by the Democratic Party to explain Hilary Clinton’s loss.
Multiple sources suggested Russian hackers also targeted the Brexit referendum in 2016. While it remains unproven, an investigation by the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) published the Russia Report in 2020. It concluded that Russian interference in UK politics is prevalent.
The UK intelligence report also found evidence of Russia meddling in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.
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