Is there Russian propaganda behind calls for a referendum in Scotland
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans for a new referendum on Britain’s independence, arguing that there is now a clear “constitutional and democratic case” for a new vote. “This is the future we are facing if we are unable to consider the alternative to independence,” Sturgeon stressed.
A number of analysts suspect that there are Russian interests behind the calls for Scotland’s referendum and independence. Putin may see Scottish independence as a chance to break the NATO and the EU, Foreign Policy reports. According to the publication, Scottish-dominated nationalists are against the Kremlin and its propaganda machine, which is keenly interested in Scotland’s prospects for independence from the UK. Putin’s propagandists compare the 2014 Crimean referendum with a vote in Scotland in the same year when 55% from the Scots declared themselves to remain in the UK.