Using elements of psychological warfare, Russia has been targeting both Swedish politicians and Swedish society, says an annual report released by SAPO, a Swedish security service, reports Dagens Nyhete.
Compared to before, Russia has increased the use of propaganda and misinformation. And even though Swedish society is immune to both, it is also being affected by external influence and manipulation.
“Our security service is witnessing Russia trying to impact on political decisions and public opinion, and not only in Sweden. It can achieve this goal by using splinter movements, information operations and misinformation campaigns,” reads the report.
According to SAPO, Russian media outlets, such as Russia Today and Sputnik, have also been active in Sweden. Their goal is to undermine Swedish society’s trust in elected officials. The report also says that Russia’s goal is to encourage pro-Russian sentiments and fuel division in Swedish society.