Contents tagged with Elections

  • Russian programmer arrested in Barcelona at request of U.S.

    The police of Barcelona arrested a Russian programmer at the request of the American authorities. According to preliminary information, 36-year-old Peter Levashov was arrested at the request of the United States on suspicion of involvement in hacking activities, in particular related to Donald Trump’s election campaign.

    The representative of the Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in Madrid, Andrey Konstantinov, confirmed the fact that he had been arrested. According to Levashov’s wife, …

  • NATO does not recognize elections in Abkhazia

    The NATO bloc does not recognize the elections held in the occupied Georgian region of Abkhazia.

    This was announced by the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, reports Ukrinform.

    "NATO does not recognize the elections held in Georgia's Abkhazia region on March 12. These elections do not contribute to resolving the situation in Georgia," the Secretary General's Special Representative emphasized.

    The Alliance also once again …

  • President of Germany: Russia could intervene in our elections

    The President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, stated that the country should be aware of the possibility of Moscow’s interference in the Bundestag election campaign. “It would be naïve to think that this can be completely avoided,” Joachim Gauck said in his interview with Bild am Sonntag. According to him, false statements have been made at the governmental level of the Russian Federation.

    “Nearly 18 months ago, false statements that refugees in Germany raped a young Russian-speaking German …

  • France will abandon electronic voting during the elections due to the threat of cyber attacks

    According to RIA Novosti, French authorities have decided not to utilize electronic voting during the upcoming parliamentary elections in June due to the high possibility of cyber threats, as indicated in a statement released by the French Foreign Ministry on Monday.

    It was originally planned to use electronic voting for French citizens living abroad. It was used for the first time during the parliamentary elections in 2012, in one of the constituencies outside France and was successful, with …

  • Latvian Security Police is worried about election interference from Russia

    Russia could implement "targeted and very specific" actions through an information campaign against Latvia before the start of parliamentary and local government elections, according to Delfi’s report on the concerns of Security Police Chief Normunds Mežviets.

    According to Mežviets, Russia could try to discredit the Latvian state, its policies and its leaders to support its anti-state sentiments and pave the way for political organizations that offer an alternative model of the political …

  • Ukraine accused Russia of political pressure and blackmail at the UN Security Council meeting

    Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko said at a meeting of the Security Council that Russia has gone out of its way to provoke and pressure Ukraine. According to him, Russia's actions bode ill for Europe.

    "Instead of conscientiously implementing Minsk agreements, Russia exerts political pressure, uses blackmail and conducts military provocations. Ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine and its negative consequences are among the main threats to …

  • Media: The Kremlin decided to turn the election into a referendum on confidence in Putin

    Instead of holding a presidential election in 2018, Russia wants to hold a referendum on the Russian people’s confidence in Vladimir Putin.

    As reported by Dozhd TV Channel, the Kremlin is making plans for special procedures for the presidential election of 2018.

    “We expect a referendum on confidence in the national leader”…As was reported earlier by Dozhd, the presidential administration does not see any point in making an effort to choose opponents for Putin who have shown an interest in the …

  • Putin has not confirmed his participation in the next Russian election

    RBC news agency reports that, according to Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far refrained from saying whether he will participate in the presidential elections in 2018.

    "President Putin himself has repeatedly said that it is premature to make any electoral statements. He has not made any statements yet," Peskov said. "There is still enough time before the start of the election campaign; there is another agenda for now."

    Earlier, a federal official …

  • German politician Hans-Georg Maassen expects disinformation campaigns from Russia before Bundestag elections

    The President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maassen, believes that the Russian Federal Security Services will try to affect the election campaign for the upcoming Bundestag elections. “Germany should be ready for disinformation campaigns, false reports, and painful facts in mass media,” Hans-Georg Maassen stated in his interview with Bild, which was published on the 20th of February.

    According to Maassen, several hacker attacks have already been …

  • Macron's team accuses Russia of interfering with their presidential campaign in France

    According to Le Parisien, French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team is concerned that their candidate has become the target of fake news and misinformation by the Russian Federation, which is interfering with their election campaign."Today we have to look at the facts. The main mass media of Russia, Russia Today and Sputnik, which are state-operated, have been disseminating false information [about Macron]. Then, the news is being repeated and quoted and it affects our …