Analysts have accused Russia of trying to influence public opinion and decision-making in Sweden

One of the most respected in the Swedish foreign policy Institute published a major report in which he accused Russia of conducting a coordinated campaign to influence public opinion and decision-making in the Scandinavian country. The authors of the study, the scientists Martin Krag and Sebastian the iceberg came to the conclusion that for these purposes the Russian side has used fabricated news, fake documents and misinformation, according to citing local media.

«Russia, starting in 2014, attempts to influence primarily on two processes: Sweden’s cooperation with NATO and to support Ukraine», — stated in the material.

According to Krag and Iceberg RF uses a wide Arsenal of tools — «from military threats and disinformation to connect the so-called agents of influence, in other words, individuals and organizations that advance the position of Moscow».

Swedish scientists believe that in today’s Russian foreign policy again using techniques familiar from the Cold war. Last year, Swedish intelligence agencies have registered an increase of disguised activity from the Russian side shortly before the parliamentary adoption of the decision on intensification of cooperation with NATO in may 2016.

For example, the use of false documents in the report are reminiscent of the «letter» circulated on social media in February 2015, which the Minister of defence of Sweden Peter Hultqvist supposedly refers to the head of the largest defense group in the country. The writer is a enterprise to supply weapons to Ukraine. Scientists pointed to several factual errors in the «letter»: it referred to the head of the concern have not held this position, it was not written in Swedish, and in English, the signature of the Minister took a resource that is freely available. However, the rumors about the supply of Swedish weapons to Ukraine surfaced on Pro-Kremlin websites and spread on social networks.

In total, the study reported 26 such counterfeits detected in Sweden during the period from late 2014 to mid-2016. The first appeared on «obscure sites in Russian and/or Swedish language.» Some of them, written ostensibly on behalf of the Swedish authorities made use of counterfeit forms to reinforce the impression of authenticity. Ten forgeries were directly related to internal Affairs of Sweden.

The iceberg notes that a key tool of the Russian Federation in its campaign was the version of the website in Swedish, Russian state news Agency Sputnik. For the period from 2015 until closing in spring 2016, he managed to publish four thousand notes. The vast majority of them fall under categories such as «crisis in the West,» «positive image of Russia», «Western aggression», «international cooperation with Russia», «failure of Western policy» and «disagreements in the Western Alliance», the report said.

After the publication of the report Swedish Prime Minister Stefan löfven stated that it is impossible to exclude a possible Russian attempts to influence the elections in Sweden. With this statement of policies made at the national conference «people and defense».

«We should not exclude this possibility and to be naive to think that Sweden is not going to happen. Therefore, the information and cybersecurity are part of this strategy,» said Leven. The Prime Minister stressed that his government considers cyber attacks as one of the most serious threats to national security.

Parliamentary elections in Sweden will take place in 2018.

Recall that a similar election-related concerns have German and French authorities.

For example, Berlin is planning tougher measures to combat the spread of misinformation and the timely identification of information about ballot box stuffing.

The deliberate intervention of the Kremlin in European and American elections also says US intelligence.

Analysts have accused Russia of trying to influence public opinion and decision-making in Sweden 11.01.2017

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