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Allegations of Russian interference in 2019 general elections

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Russia almost certainly sought to interfere in the 2019 UK general election through illicitly acquired documents, the government has said. The documents - on UK-US trade discussions - emerged online and were used by Labour in the 2019 campaign. A much-delayed report into allegation of wider Russian interference into UK democracy is due next week. When asked about how damning the multiple allegations of Russian interference in British politics may be, Dr Patrick Diamond, from Queen Mary University of London, said: "It's difficult to know in advance of the publication exactly how damning the revelations in the report will be, but clearly the implications for British politics and British democracy are very serious [...] the sense that a repeated series of votes in Britain in 2016, 2017 and 2019 were all affected by potential interference by Russian actors, has explosive implications for how British politics and democracy is conducted."

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