The Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia report has sparked fears that they could have successfully intervened in past UK democratic processes. The findings point to Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum as a target for the foreign state. TalkRADIO’s Mark Dolan warned that Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s ultimate aim was the “weaken” the United Kingdom.
He told listeners: “Interestingly there is evidence that Russia interfered with the Scottish referendum poll in 2014.
“Of course, Vladimir Putin wants to break up the United Kingdom because he wants to make us weaker.
“In fact, he’s such a fan of Scottish independence, we should call him Vladimir McPutin.
“Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, very quiet on this one, slippery Sturgeon.”
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Mr Dolan continued: “If she doesn’t speak out on this outrage and offer a full inquiry into what could be a null and void result of that Scottish referendum, we can only assume she’s in the pocket of Vladimir McPutin.
“Let’s remind ourselves the referendum result in Scotland was 45 percent to leave the UK, and 55 percent to stay.
“That’s very decisive, that’s a win. The Scottish people are very wise.
“But can we believe that figure now, can we believe the result?”
Ian Blackford, the SNP Westminster leader, dismissed the findings, claiming they lacked substantial evidence.
He told Sky News: “I think what the report makes clear is that there’s been Russian interference in our democracy over a considerable period of time.
“I think what’s remarkable about this report, one is that we had to wait so long for it – the Prime Minister should have authorised its publication before the election – we’ve had limitless speculation over the last few months.
“And I have to say, when I saw the front page of the Daily Telegraph this morning that was leading on the Scottish story you would have thought that there were damning revelations contained in the report.
“But the harsh reality is there’s one paragraph that refers to any Russian involvement in our referendum.”