According to a recent report, Russia wanted to influence South Africa's 2019 elections so it would turn out in the ANC's favour. A man close to Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, was apparently implicated in a plan to discredit the EFF and DA.
If a recent report is to be believed, a fair and free election in South Africa was almost non-existent.
According to the Daily Maverick, there was a Russian campaign that aimed to increase support for the ANC while discrediting the EFF and DA ahead of the 2019 elections.
A businessman linked to Russian president Vladimir Putin has apparently been implicated in this scheme.
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The Citizen reports that the plan was to influence the outcome of SA's elections via work with an NGO, Association for Free Research and International Co-operation (Afric).
According to this disturbing report, the man implicated was identified as 'Putin’s chef', better known as the political technologist, Peter Bychkov, who is also employed as a businessman.
Briefly.co.za gathered that it is believed the campaign was under the cover of political analysis and included ideas on undermining Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema.
There was apparently also a video titled 'EFF manifesto sucks'.
The campaign is reported to also have included documents that predicted what the election outcome would be.
However, there is no proof that the Russian campaign was ever actually put into action or that it worked.
This campaign was apparently discovered after an American investigation into accusations of interference from Russia in the 2016 US elections - the elections that led to Donald Trump becoming the country's leader.
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