Document: Russia uses rigged polls, fake news to sway foreign elections

The Wall Street Journal cites Bulgarian officials in reporting Leonid Reshetnikov, a former Russian spy, traveled to Bulgaria last year and delivered a document to Kornelia Ninova, the leader of the pro-Russian Bulgarian Socialist Party, that laid out a strategy for Bulgaria’s presidential campaign. The Russian document reportedly instructed the socialists to plant fake news and hype up rigged polls, as well as to call for an end to sanctions on Russia, criticize NATO and talk up Brexit. The pro-Russia, Socialist-backed candidate, Rumen Radev, emerged victorious in November and is now Bulgaria’s president. Radev’s victory led to snap parliamentary elections, which are due to take Sunday and are seen by Moscow as an opportunity to establish Bulgaria as its Trojan horse in the EU and NATO.

 

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