Russia: US ‘digital giants’ meddle in Russia’s election

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MOSCOW, ($1=73.14 Russian Rubles) – US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan, during a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, was told about the categorical inadmissibility of interference in the internal affairs of Russia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Interfax.

“During the conversation, it was emphasized that the Russian side possesses irrefutable evidence of violations of the Russian legislation by American” digital giants “in the context of the preparation and conduct of elections to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation,” the statement posted on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

In addition, some other issues of a bilateral nature were considered at the meeting, the Foreign Ministry noted.

In turn, in a message distributed by the American diplomatic mission, it is reported that Sullivan met with Ryabkov “to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues in support of the mood of US President Joe Biden towards predictable and stable relations with Russia.”

As reported, on Friday Sullivan was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he spent about 20 minutes. The American diplomat refrained from commenting on journalists.

Germany is investigating a cyber attack, Russia suspects

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Germany is investigating a hacker attack before the elections, in which Russia is suspected, as we reported on September 9.

A spokesman for the supervisory agency confirmed to the magazine that Chief Prosecutor Peter Frank was “investigating a large-scale Russian cyberattack campaign before the Bundestag elections.” We are talking about the hacker group Ghostwriter, which has been trying for many months to use phishing e-mails to gain access to the personal e-mail boxes of members of the federal and state parliaments.

“According to the conviction of the German law enforcement agencies, the Russian military intelligence service GRU is behind the attacks,” the magazine reported. The hackers mainly attack the politicians of the two big parties – HDZ and SPD.

On September 6, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sasse confirmed media reports of hackers on the eve of the German election, according to the ministry, coming from Russia. According to Sasse, the call to stop these actions “was addressed to the Russian authorities, most recently during the meeting of the German-Russian working group on security policy, which took place last week, September 2 and 3.”

The Bundestag elections are scheduled for September 26.

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