The Russian defense Ministry has a Department responsible for hacker attacks. On this edition of «GORDON» said the Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, commenting on the fact that Spain has evidence of the intervention of hackers from the Russian Federation in the Catalan referendum.
«We are dealing with a new type of weapon. In Russia there is a whole hacker unit, which is subordinated to the Ministry of defence. Yes, they are working in this direction thoroughly, but to exaggerate their importance is not worth it. It is obvious that Russian hackers were involved during the elections of the President of the United States, but decisive their role certainly was not. That is, on the voting results of their work is not affected. The same can be said about the referendum on the British exit from the European Union. Then the hackers from Russia were also involved. But again – their influence on the vote was not significant. As for Catalonia, I suspect that a similar picture was and in this case. The intervention of Russian hackers in the course of the Catalan referendum certainly was, but it is unlikely that it gave some effect,» said Bukovsky.
In his opinion, Europe has enough problems without the results of the work of Russian hackers.
«I must say that the people do not support the secession of Catalonia, do not go to this referendum since it was declared illegal. Therefore, those who came to vote, eventually achieved a high percentage for secession. And Russia here at anything. Overall, I think the expected effect of the hacking weapon is not brought about. No matter, it would be hacking the influence from the RF or no – trump (the US President Donald trump. – «GORDON») still won the elections, and Britain would leave the EU. Of course, the Russians are trying to add Europe’s problems. But without Moscow as Europeans have enough difficulties. Really, no need to exaggerate the mental abilities of the Russians. They often don’t know what I want. And, generally, get the opposite result,» – said Bukovsky.
The team of experts created by the European Union to combat Russian propaganda in the Internet, in recent months recorded a growth of activity aimed at inciting the crisis in Catalonia.
According to analysts, the network spread fake news headlines: «In Catalonia the Spanish language is studied as a foreign language», «Balearic Islands to join the fight for independence from Spain,» «the Highest leadership of the European Union supports the use of violence in Catalonia» etc.
The government of Catalonia declared that October 1 is the referendum, the secession of the region from Spain supported 90,18% of participants of plebiscite. Voter turnout was 43%. In clashes with security forces who blocked part of polling stations were affected 893 people.
On 27 October, the Catalan Parliament adopted a resolution which declares independence from Spain.
28 Oct Madrid deprived Catalonia autonomy and took responsibility for the management of the region. The head of Catalonia, the Spanish authorities appointed the Deputy Chairman of the government of the country Saens Soraya de Santamaría.
No need to exaggerate the mental abilities of the Russians – the dissident Bukovsky on the possible intervention of hackers from the Russian Federation in the Catalan referendum 14.11.2017