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Russian Federation report damning of United Kingdom government's 'lack of curiosity'

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British lawmakers on Tuesday slammed the government for failing to look into any Russian meddling into United Kingdom politics, particularly the divisive 2016 Brexit referendum, despite evidence of the country posing a credible threat.

The Kremlin issued a pre-emptive response to the report, rejecting claims of skullduggery and dismissing the ISC document as containing only "ephemeral accusations".

A security camera and flag adorn the entrance to the Russian Embassy in London.

The UK's long-awaited report into Russian interference in British politics has provoked sharply contrasting reactions on its political scene, with one major point of contention being the 2016 Brexit referendum.

It's already changed the course of British history, and the person who was front and center - that was a guy named Boris Johnson, who is now the prime minister.

"However what is clear is that the government was slow to recognize the existence of the threat, when it should have been seen as early as 2014", he said after the body found that Moscow also tried to interfere with the Scottish independence referendum that took place two years before the Brexit vote.

And the aggressive Brexiteer Nigel Farage tweeted: "So, no evidence of Russian interference in the referendum".

The report described attempts to influence government policy by wealthy Russians with ties to President Vladimir Putin and the British financiers who help them.

Last week, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Russian Federation had also interfered in 2019's general election - though the intelligence and security committee said it had been shown no evidence of such meddling and suggested that Raab had been trying to pre-empt its own report.

British foreign minister Dominic Raab rejected claims that the government had avoided investigating Russian Federation.

"We have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU Referendum", the statement said.

Kasachev did, however, add that the report "lifted the suspicion on Russian Federation for Brexit".

"Russian Federation is a top national security priority", he said. "That, I think, comes through very loud and clear in our report".

"It's Russophobia in the style of fake news", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters.

James expressed the view that the importance of the report might have been undermined by how long it has taken to be released. The committee didn't offer a theory about why the report was delayed, but claimed the government's explanations were not true.

The UK government had "welcomed Russian money with open arms", Jones said.

Finally, Johnson named five Conservative lawmakers to the nine-person panel in hopes his handpicked candidate would be chosen as chairman and block the report.

"The people of this country did not vote to leave the European Union because of pressure from Russian Federation".

Frustrated committee members said they were "shocked" and "baffled" as to why Russian Federation was not taken more seriously when the country was an "established threat".

"What mystifies me is that government ministers are still giving out golden visas to dodgy Russian oligarchs, that government ministers are still granting exemptions to dodgy Russian oligarchs so that they can hide their ownership of businesses in this country, and I am mystified that government ministers are still taking millions of pounds from dodgy Russian oligarchs", the MP said. "And that situation strategically can not be sustained".

"Lisa Nandy's babble about Russia as a threat to Britain's national security confirms the new Labour leadership's intention to parrot the anti-Russia, anti-China line of the Pentagon".

On combatting the widely-reported ways in which Russian state-linked groups have used social media to spread disinformation, the Report said: "it is the social media companies which hold the key and yet are failing to play their part".