Fri 4 December 2020

With Boris Johnson suppressing a report into Russian interference drawn up by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, Byline Times provides you with everything the Prime Minister doesn’t want you to know.

Research into Russian Government ‘influence operations’ in the 2016 EU Referendum and other key votes was pioneered by Byline Times’ sister organisation, the crowdfunding site, by former police officer James Patrick. From early 2017, following a trip to Sweden, Patrick was among the first to understand the depth and sophistication of Vladimir Putin’s online propaganda, on which he wrote the book Alternative War. Meanwhile, the team also broke the story of alleged Russian agent Joseph Mifsud’s meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss Brexit in late 2017, while Byline Times’ executive editor Peter Jukes collaborated with the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr in revealing the number and nature of Farage-backer Arron Banks’ meetings with the Russian Embassy during the referendum campaign.

Since Byline Times launched in March, we have been investigating how Russia has, and attempted to, interfere in British politics. With Boris Johnson refusing to publish a parliamentary report into this important subject until after next month’s General Election, here is all you need to know:

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