LONDON (Reuters) – Fraudulent posters celebrating the "contribution" of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Brexit were mounted in London by a satirical group that wants to recognize the role of the US. Russian army intelligence played in the referendum.
Britain has stated that it has found no evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit vote of 2016 and Moscow repeatedly denied even trying to do so, even if opponents have always wondered if the Kremlin played a role.
In the referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9%, supported the departure of the EU, while 16.1 million, or 48.1%, have supported the right to stay. Britain has to leave on March 29th.
The London posters showed an image of the Kremlin leader, who winked and waved the Russian flag next to the slogan: "Let us celebrate a red, white and blue Brexit." Brexit was inverted to make it look like a Cyrillic letter.
In a statement, the people claiming the campaign claimed to be a group of Russian military intelligence officers (GRU) who wanted their real role in the Brexit vote to be recognized.
"The group hopes to counter the recent and unjustified negative publicity regarding the GRU by displaying advertisements highlighting its role in the imminent release of the Great Britain. Britain's EU, "said the group, which is called Proud Bear.
Britain accuses the GRU of attempting to poison the country. former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a neurotropic agent oxic in the English city of Salisbury in March.
A video published by the @ Pr0ud_Bear group showed Putin riding a bulldog with the face of Brexit activist Arron Banks.
"The people of the small islands – it's time to party," says the video.
She seeks funding to celebrate the role played by the GRU in Brexit by renting a digital billboard at Waterloo Station and extols the economic possibilities of trading with Russia after Brexit, including a flourishing trade in vodka.
A representative of the group, contacted by Reuters, said in a statement in Russian that he was concerned about the state of health of Russian democracy and opposed the authoritarian tendencies from Moscow.
The group expresses its solidarity with Russian journalists, but the representative refuses to specify who is responsible for the stunt. The Russian Embassy did not comment immediately.
Reportage of Guy Faulconbridge; edited by Stephen Addison