Number 10 denies Russian interference in suppression of Russian interference report
Downing Street has denied claims that Vladimir Putin requested the suppression of a report on alleged Russian interference in UK democracy until after the 2019 general election.
The report, compiled by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, examines Russian activity including allegations of espionage, interference in elections, and sending muffin baskets to MEPs.
Finalised in March, the document, which contains evidence of covert Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 EU referendum, was referred to Downing Street on 17 October but has not been seen since.
Foreign office spokesman, Sir George Fishlove-Smyth, admitted that Vladimir Putin had personally provided several corrections and suggestions to an early draft but denied suppressing the report on orders from Moscow.