Spain says they have proof of Russia’s interference in Catalan crisis

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Madrid told about the intervention of certain ‘groups’ from Russia into the referendum on the separation of Catalonia from Spain in order to destabilize the country.

Such a statement was made on Monday, November 13th, by Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain. They stressed that they have evidence that government and private groups from Russia and Venezuela used Twitter, Facebook and other social networks and websites as part of a large-scale campaign to promote separatist ideas, and to influence public opinion before the plebiscite, organized in October by Catalan authorities.

In particular, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis pointed out that Madrid found fake profiles in social networks, half of which were serviced from Russia, and 30% from Venezuela. According to him, these accounts were created to spread information that exaggerates the advantages of Catalonia’s separation from Spain.

The Foreign Minister said that he raised this topic in a dialogue with the Kremlin. The head of the Spanish Defense Ministry, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, stressed that these groups are trying to achieve instability in Europe, and that the Spaniards’ duty is to make this information public.

Source: DW