The Russians have always had a friend and ally (actually stooges) in the European/US Left, nothing has changed…
A dysfunctional EU serves Moscow’s purposes better than an independent UK able to set its own defense and foreign policies. Frustrated leavers would become radicalized, making them useful targets for provocateurs with ties to Moscow. And Corbyn’s Momentum was part of a British Left that had longstanding ties to the Soviet Union whose old KGB operatives were now running Russia. And were eager to tap into the old networks of fellow travelers that had been cultivated in the Communist days.
The Russians hadn’t been cultivating Johnson. They had been cultivating Corbyn for a long time.
The Russians Used the Media to Influence an Election for the Left
The media wouldn’t know a Russian asset if it went out and voted for one.
A funny thing happened on the way to the Kremlin.
Before the UK election, Hillary Clinton took her book tour to the UK, where she joined the chorus of false claims accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative party of being Russian stooges. Christopher Steele, the British operative hired by her campaign to smear Trump as a Russian asset, had already paved the way with yet another report accusing Johnson of being cultivated by the Russians.
The media began falsely claiming that the Tories were covering up this damning report.
“I find it inexplicable that your government will not release a government report about Russian influence. Inexplicable and shameful,” Hillary Clinton huffed to the BBC. “Every person who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens.”
The BBC did not bother to inform its viewers that Hillary had been paying one of the report’s sources.
The Steele 2.0 report was obsessed with Russian influence on the Brexit referendum and the previous election. But then the Russians actually shaped Labour’s entire election strategy in this election.
And they used the media to do it.