Russia accused of clandestine funding of European parties as US conducts major review of Vladimir Putin’s strategy

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Originally published in the Sunday Telegraph

American intelligence agencies are to conduct a major investigation into how the Kremlin is infiltrating political parties in Europe, it can be revealed.

James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, has been instructed by the US Congress to conduct a major review into Russian clandestine funding of European parties over the last decade.

Andrew Foxall, director of the Russian centre at the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said Russia had become “more audacious” in its approach as it attempts to fight off the Crimea sanctions.

“No-one is suggesting that Corbyn is on the payroll of the Kremlin at all – simply that his interests demonstrably overlap with what the Kremlin is saying. Russia has ramped up its influencing policy and is trying to achieve in six months or a year what it previously took a decade to achieve.

“Wherever the opportunity presents itself, Russia wants to undermine the West – to present the argument that the West is no better than they are. It wants to see an end of the European Union because it much prefers a policy of divide and rule.”

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