Russia intervened in the political crisis in Spanish Catalonia in the fall of 2017, when the region held a referendum on independence. It is reported RIA Novosti citing a report from the National Cryptologic center (NCC).
the Specialists of the center “it seems proved that the activists who were covering the events of October of last year, supported the Russian institutions.” At the same time, according to the Agency, evidence of this is not given.
Spanish intelligence believes that the country has become a victim of cyber warfare, the purpose of which is to undermine democracy in many countries of the world. “Attempts to influence public opinion in many cases supported countries”, — the document says. We are talking about Russia and Venezuela that the Spanish authorities accused to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to “influence public opinion ahead of the referendum”.
November 2017 TASS reported that NCC found no evidence of cyber attacks by Russia during the crisis in Catalonia. Then in foreign Ministry accusations of Moscow’s intervention in the political process in Spain are unfounded.
the Catalan Parliament declared independence from Spain on October 27. The decision was made by secret ballot. The Spanish government in response dissolved the Parliament of the autonomy and introduced in the region of direct control. Early elections are scheduled for December 21.