Russia is reportedly trying to give euroskeptic parties a boost ahead of the EU parliamentary vote in May. The EU’s eastern neighbor has a track record of interfering in foreign elections.
DW reports that the European Union security services are monitoring Russian attempts to interfere in the EU’s parliamentary elections in May, German news agency DPA reported Saturday, citing a security progress report.
According to the report, Russia’s efforts are aimed at boosting support for parties that are either euroskeptic or friendly to Russia. Its messaging also questioned the point of the European Parliament to try to lower voter turnout.
The efforts were primarily targeting young voters on social media and through state-backed media outlets, the report found.
In a statement to DPA, the Foreign Ministry said it was not interfering in the EU parliamentary election and was not planning to do so in other elections, either.