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    The Russians are coming... to install your WiFi! Britain's opposition Labour Party and broadcaster ITV are seeing reds under the bed at 10 Downing Street after a firm owned by a Russian company that built RT's news studio in Moscow installed communications gear at BoJo's new press briefing room.

    British media and opposition frontbenchers are in a frenzy over news that a Russian-owned firm helped build the new £2.6-million Downing Street press briefing room.

    ITV News breathlessly reported that UK company Megahertz had installed communications equipment as part of the conference room's makeover.

    "A Russian-owned firm has been installing all of the communications equipment in Number 10," a shadowy source told ITV. "Questions need to be asked, the company does big installations for a number of organisations — but this is government."

    Megahertz is reportedly owned by Okno-TV, a Russian firm that built news studios and production complex at the Moscow headquarters of state-owned broadcaster RT — former Russia Today.

    The British firm has also worked on relocating South African broadcaster e.TV's Cape Town studio and on a £800,000 high-definition media suite for the Royal Opera House in London's West End.

    "All the correct processes have been followed, there are no concerns for our team," Downing Street press secretary Allegra Stratton insisted.

    But the opposition Labour Party's shadow cabinet office secretary Rachel Reeves also jumped on the new red scare, while sneering at the quality of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "vanity project". 

    “This raises serious questions on who is getting rushed-through government contracts," Reeves said. “The fact the government seems to have simply brushed this off with no further transparency or assurances on how they're spending British taxpayer money is deeply concerning.”

    Twitter users saw the funny side as usual.

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