Published On: Thu, May 24th, 2018

Bots from Russia in favor of AMLO

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It has already been 16 months since Donald Trum took office on January 20, 2017. However, the issue of Russian interference in the US elections in still being covered in the main newspapers.

The elections for the presidency of Mexico will be held on July 1 and the question that many people ask is: could Russia interfere in the elections?

It was December 15 and in front of the Jamestown Foundation when H.R. McMaster, then President Trump’s national security adviser, said: “Initial signs of this have already been seen (referring to Russian interference) in the Mexican presidential campaign.”

Despite the comments of H.R. McMaster, at the beginning of the year, the spokesman of the Government of the Mexican Republic, Eduardo Sanchez said in a press conference that “there is no evidence of Russian interference in Mexico.”

In November and against Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign ministers, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray, said that “the Mexican government has no evidence to validate this hypothesis” referring to the possibility that Russia is interfering with the Mexican election.

Russia has consistently denied accusations that it interferes with other countries’ elections.

According to Manuel Cossío, whose company Radar Digital performs social network analysis for politicians and businessmen, the candidate for Morena, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is the most mentioned by the Russian bots.


Using Netbase, a digital analysis tool, Cossío ensures that in a period of 30 days (from April 10 to May 9) and analyzing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr and any other news portal that allows the interaction of its users, AMLO has been mentioned in more than 112 million publications that originated outside of Mexican territory.

Of these publications that the tool analyzed, 64% of them come from Russia and 18% from Ukraine.

López Obrador has denied Russian interference in the elections and even published on January 18 a video on Twitter mocking the complaint: “I’m no longer a peje, now I’m Andres Manuelovich.”

Sources of the National Executive Committee of Morena told CNN en Español that they have no relation to the comments on social networks mentioned by Cossío in an interview with Fernando del Rincón.

According to the Mexican electoral authorities, they have not noticed any attempt of interference in the presidential elections on the first of July by a foreign country. However, they claim to be taking action against a possible computer attack.

“What is always done in the institute in the electoral processes is to establish all the mechanisms and all the necessary measures to generate security in our systems at first so that we can have all the tools, even with expert support, in matters of armoring” said Pamela San Martín, electoral counselor of the National Electoral Institute.




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