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Two Russians detained in Libya, suspected of interference in elections

The laptops and memory cards of the Russians were confiscated
10:59, 6 July 2019

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Two Russian citizens were detained in Libya in the suspicion in the attempt to influence local presidential elections and elections in other African countries as Bloomberg reported.

It is noted that the Russians tried to organize the meeting with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, one of the sons of Muammar Gaddafi, the deceased dictator of Libya.

The laptops and memory cards of the Russians were confiscated. The files on them confirmed that the detainees worked at the farm of trolls, which is focused on influence in a few African states, including Libya.

Related: U.S. congressmen vote for publication of report on Russia’s interference in 2016 elections

The Russians are detained since May 2019. Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova states that Kremlin did not get the official notification of Libya.

 As we reported the U.S. Senate intends to present a new draft law on deterrence Russia’s interference in the elections to the Congress. The document provides sanctions in banking, energy and defence sectors and ban on operations with Russian state debt.

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