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    In October Twitter made a decision to ban all ads from the Russian media outlets Sputnik and RT over alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections. Amid this anti-Russian hysteria, Europe is also continuing to blame its domestic political woes on Moscow.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Researchers from the University of Edinburgh claim that they have detected 419 Twitter accounts believed to be run from Russia and publishing posts about Brexit, local media reported.

    The scholars from Scotland have studied the list of 2,752 Twitter accounts suspended by the social networking service in the United States for allegedly carrying out their activities during the 2016 presidential election and attempting to influence the vote, The Guardian said Tuesday.

    The researchers found that hundreds of accounts, described as being linked to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) had also tweeted about Brexit or about other issues related to UK policy, such as the tweets allegedly attempting to stir up anti-Islamic sentiment during the Westminster Bridge terror attack, the newspaper added.

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    The investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia began more than a year ago but still has not produced any substantial proof that Russia indeed meddled in the 2016 election. Moscow has repeatedly denied claims of alleged attempts to influence the vote. Social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, have pledged to cooperate with the committees of the US Congress engaged in investigating and reporting Trump's collusion with Russia, though without ample evidence. It prompted Twitter's ban of advertising from the accounts of Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik.

    READ MORE: Opera Co-Founder Slams Twitter for Actions Against RT, Sputnik

    Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday fiercely criticized Russia for "weaponizing information" claiming that Russian state-run media was used to "plant fake stories" in order to "sow discord in the west." She accused Russia of interfering in foreign elections citing cases of alleged Russian hacking of the Danish Defense Ministry and German parliament. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called May's accusations "irresponsible and groundless" noting that the United Kingdom was also seeking global leadership on the issue of deterring Russia.


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