Russia’s Overseas Ministry says U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan has been summoned over alleged election interference by U.S. tech giants.
The ministry mentioned Sullivan met with Deputy Overseas Minister Sergei Ryabkov on September 10 the place he was knowledgeable that Moscow has proof of violations of Russian regulation by U.S. tech companies forward of elections to the State Duma later this month.
“In the course of the dialog, it was emphasised that the Russian facet possesses irrefutable proof of the violation of Russian laws by the American ‘digital giants’ within the context of the preparation and conduct of elections to the State Duma of the Federal Meeting of the Russian Federation,” the assertion mentioned, including such interference was “unacceptable.
The state information businesses TASS and RIA Novosti mentioned Sullivan arrived and left the ministry in Moscow after 20 minutes with out commenting on why he was there.
The assertion didn’t give any specifics, however in current months Russian authorities — together with President Vladimir Putin — have repeatedly accused companies reminiscent of Fb, Twitter, and WhatsApp of failing to stick to native legal guidelines on points such because the storage of private information and the elimination of content material deemed to be unlawful.
In current months, Moscow courts have fined Google, Fb, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, and TikTok hundreds of thousands of rubles over the problems.
Many critics say the push has nothing to do with “Web integrity” and as a substitute have accused the authorities of attempting to quell dissent with parliamentary elections looming on September 17-19 and the ruling United Celebration’s reputation slumping.