Russians Scoff at U.S. Report on Election Meddling

MOSCOW (AP) -
Alexei Pushkov, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament.

A report by U.S. security services blaming Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential race has brought stinging rejoinders from Russian politicians and news media.

Alexei Pushkov, a member of the upper house of parliament’s defense and security committee, wrote on social media that “all the accusations against Russia are based on ‘confidence’ and suppositions. The U.S.A. in the same way was confident about [Iraqi leader Saddam] Hussein having weapons of mass destruction.”

In another post on Saturday, Pushkov suggested that President “Obama is alarmed: Republicans trust Putin more than Democrats.”

Margarita Simonyan, the editor of the government-funded satellite RT channel that is frequently mentioned in the U.S. report, said in a  post: “Dear CIA: what you have written here is a complete fail.”