The most startling findings of the ‘Russia’ report from Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee were not about the extent of Moscow’s malign influence in the UK, but about how unwilling the British government had been to take steps to detect and counter it.
The report identified gaping holes in both awareness of the problem, and legislation to deal with it. A formulaic response from the government promised that at least some of these holes would be plugged.
Six months on, this online roundtable reviews what progress has been made – and whether the UK is indeed taking a greater interest in defending itself against Russian subversion of its political and democratic processes.
Duncan Allan, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Deborah Haynes, Foreign Affairs Editor, Sky News
Kevan Jones MP, Member of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
Chair: Keir Giles, Senior Consulting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House