Contents tagged with Elections

  • French intelligence thinks Russian hackers may attempt to influence elections in favor of Le Pen

    Employees of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) of France are not ruling out the possibility that Russia may intervene in the presidential elections with the help of cyber-attacks in favor of Marine Le Pen.

    The secret service announced that Moscow also allegedly intends to use social networks to support the Chairman of the National Front (FN), having arranged for the mass publication of messages in support of the National Front party leader. Russian hackers, finally, may try …

  • Kyiv demands that German ambassador retract his statements regarding elections in the Donbas

    There was a negative reaction in Ukraine to the opinion which German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel expressed in an interview with RBC-Ukraine, saying that elections could take place in the parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts not controlled by Ukraine even with the Russian army present there. This coincided with the reception at the embassy in celebration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Ukraine. During the reception, with journalists present, the …

  • German ambassador: Elections can be held in Donbas even with Russian forces present

    According to the German Ambassador to Ukraine, Ernst Reichel, holding elections in the occupied territory of Donbas is possible before Russian military forces are withdrawn, reported.

    “It’s not necessarily the case that elections in Donbas can only take place when there are no Russian forces there, or when the Ukrainian flag is flying at every city hall. Without a doubt, this is quite hard to imagine – holding local elections without ensuring safety. However, I am convinced …

  • Controversy and criticism surround the PACE resolution on Ukraine

    On January 25, in Strasbourg, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution following the results of monitoring the reforms and the state of democracy in Ukraine. The PACE convention was full of tension for Ukraine. Some of the main points of the resolution titled "The functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine" caused heated debate and confrontation.

    The most awkward point: elections in Donbas

    The amendment about the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of …

  • Biden is convinced that Russia will try to interfere in European elections

    The Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, called Russia the greatest threat to the international liberal order, predicting that Moscow will try to influence the course of elections in Europe, as it did in the United States, Reuters reported.

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Biden stated that, “Under Vladimir Putin’s presidency, Russia is working with every tool available to undermine the European project, test the fault lines of Western countries and return …

  • Kremlin spokesman: Allegations that Russia tried to influence US elections are 'unfounded'

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the accusations that the Russian government attempted to influence the US presidential elections “unfounded”, TASS reported.

    “The absolutely unfounded accusations are at a rather amateurishly emotional level that can hardly be applied to a highly professional work of high-class special services,” Peskov stated.

    "We still don’t know what is fact and what data those who make such unfounded accusations have," he added.

    The Kremlin spokesman added that, "It …

  • Le Pen seeks funding from Russian banks for French presidential election

    The President of the French right-wing populist party, the National Front, Marine Le Pen, requested foreign financial institutions, including Russian banks, to fund her election campaign, as she stated in her interview with French TV Channel BFMTV on January 4th.

    According to her, all French banks have refused to give her a loan for her election campaign before the first round of presidential elections in France in April 2017. Currently, Le Pen is in need of 6 million Euros.

    “I submitted …

  • EU security services collectively strive to prevent hackers from influencing elections

    On the 18th of December, the German President of the Federal Office for Security and Information Technology (BSI), Arne Schoenbohm, stated in an interview with Welt am Sonntag that the security services of European countries exchange information in order to prevent the intervention of hackers into elections that will take place in a number of EU Member States in 2017.

    The cyberattack on the IT systems of the Bundestag in Spring 2015, and an attempt to hack party servers, have given rise to a …

  • Bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats calls for probe of Russian role in the 2016 US elections

    A group of senators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a statement in which they called on their colleagues to reject inter-party differences and to work together to develop defense measures against external cyber attacks, Interfax reported.

    The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican John McCain, a member of the same committee, Republican Lindsey Graham, as well as the leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate, Charles Schumer and a Democrat member of the Senate …

  • Trump denies that Russia intervened to help him win the election

    President-elect Donald Trump said that he does not believe the CIA’s report that Russia intervened in the election to help him win.

    Trump told Fox News Sunday, "I think it's ridiculous. I think it's just another excuse. I do not believe it," Reuters reports.

    In addition, the Republican President-elect accused Democrats of leaking media reports as he does not believe that those reports came from the Central Intelligence Agency.

    The Washington Post wrote on Friday, December 9th, that the CIA …