Russia is being accused of orchestrating a sophisticated campaign to influence the presidential election in Mexico – the latest smear against Moscow following allegations involving the US presidential vote, the UK Brexit referendum, elections in France and Kenya, and Catalonia’s secession vote. US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster claims there is evidence of “Russian meddling” in Mexican elections set for July, according to a video obtained by Mexican newspaper Reforma. Although Russia denies the allegation, the claims illustrate the increasing fears about Russia’s use of advanced cyber tools to spread disinformation.
The Czech Republic is worried that its own presidential election this week is the next target, the Financial Times reports, while Italy has started working with Facebook to help prevent “fake news” ahead of Italian elections on 4 March.
So has the Kremlin negated the concept of free and fair elections? The Week examines the allegations and looks at possible solutions.