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Western ‘Information War’ against Moscow.

The head of Russia’s Federal Security
Service (FSB) has accused Western media outlets of running an
“information war” against Moscow.

FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov warned
Kremlin officials on Friday that outlets such as CNN and The
Washington Post were targeting the country, the BBC Russian Service
reported.

Speaking during a private session at
the Russian parliament, Bornikov accused Western outlets of
attempting to influence Russian politics and generating “fake
news.”

He also spoke at length about recent
cyber-security incidents and challenges such as the WannaCry virus, the threat of
hacking and Russia’s attempt to replace imported foreign computer software
with domestic equivalents.

The FSB chief ultimately recommended
beefing up existing legislation to fight against cyber threats, the BBC reported.

The meeting follows a report by Russia’s ruling United Russia party about U.S. media’s alleged attempt to
influence Russia’s domestic affairs, including the 2016 State Duma
elections.

The investigation concluded that a
“large-scale U.S. system,” including media outlets such as Voice of
America, Radio Svoboda and the CNN television channel, had been used to
“influence domestic politics in Russia.”

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