The US has released US intelligence assessments that show Moscow is using spies, social media and Russian state media to undermine public confidence in democratic elections around the world, Voice of America reports.
“From the information we have, it appears that Russian government officials, including the Kremlin, see value in such influence operations and believe they are effective,” Reuters said in a document published by US intelligence agencies.
Russia’s success in spreading disinformation about the 2020 U.S. elections has prompted Russia to step up its election influence operations, an anonymous State Department source told reporters.
According to him, the findings of American intelligence were sent by the State Department to more than 100 US embassies in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Washington recommends that countries with which it has diplomatic relations take measures to mitigate the effect of Russian interference in the elections. Such measures include sanctions, information exchange, and expulsion of Russian spies.
Coordinated Russian operations from 2020 to 2022 were aimed at “undermining public confidence in at least 11 elections in nine democracies, including the United States,” the document says. It does not specify which countries we are talking about.
Russian state media openly claimed the vote would be undemocratic and “amplified false claims of fraud” ahead of multiple elections in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America in 2020-2021, the document said.