’75K Russian informants’: UK think tank report is mocked having conducted only 16 interviews

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A neo-conservative think tank was widely mocked after it claimed that half of Russian immigrants could be “informants,” the unfounded conclusions were then parroted by sections of Britain’s right-wing press. The Times article cites a report, titled: ‘Putin Sees and Hears It All: How Russia’s Intelligence Agencies Menace The UK,’ by the Henry Jackson Society, which argues that “Interviewees… suggested that anywhere between a quarter and a half of Russian expats were, or have been, informants.” The think-tank also tweeted the report’s claim that there were “75,000 informants.” It was estimated that in 2014 there were 150,000 Russians in London alone. To draw such striking conclusions, the report’s author Dr. Andrew Foxall, held 16 “on-and off-the-record conversations” with “individuals who currently occupy, or previously occupied, positions of influence and power, particularly those who are consequential to Russian affairs.” Foxall said that there has been an “increasing paranoia”…

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