‘Russia won’t Interfere in Indian election’

Indian election

Russia will never hurt India’s dignity, a diplomatic source in the Russian Embassy said here on Monday.

The statement was in response to media reports that the government of President Vladimir Putin intended to interfere in the Lok Sabha election in 2019.

“Russia has never interfered in internal politics of other countries as it goes against the fundamental principles of our foreign policy. This blatantly false and unfounded assertion is a phoney attempt to drive a wedge between Russia and her BRICS partners following the success of the recent summit meeting of the group in Johannesburg,” the source said in response to reports.

The Russian statement was prompted by the assertion of a media expert, Philip N. Howard, that Russia was planning to interfere in Brazilian and Indian election processes using social media platforms.

According to news reports, Professor Howard made his observations at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Foreign Influence on Social Media Platforms.

The diplomatic source said that ties with India were important for Moscow and such interference was against Moscow’s principles.

“It has become common knowledge that Russia enjoys camaraderie with India and will never do anything that goes against the interests and dignity of the friendly India nation,” the official said.

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Why question raised on Russian Interference in Indian Election:

 Russia’s role in 2016 US election :
The indictment accuses the 12 Russian military intelligence officers of two key efforts: a hacking attack on Democratic computers during the election campaign and a plot to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and voter software.
First, it claims that starting in March 2016, officials covertly monitored the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanted malicious computer code known as malware to explore the networks and steal data, and sent phishing emails to gain access to accounts.

According to the indictment, the Russian hacking operation was so precise that they were able to pinpoint specific computers within the House Democratic campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee that stored information related to the election, and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

They were then able to search the computers for certain terms, like “Hillary”, ”Cruz”, and “Trump”. They also copied folders, including opposition research and field operation plans.

The Russians hid their involvement through fake email addresses and identities and a network of computers located around the world — including in the United States. They paid for their infrastructure using cryptocurrency.

By June 2016, the defendants, relying on fictional personas like DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the indictment alleges.