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Russian Embassy refutes allegations about Moscow's influence on Charlottesville protests

August 13, 2:33 UTC+3

"The following question arises: is there at least one hard fact to substantiate these insinuations?" the statement runs

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WASHINGTON, August 13. /TASS/. Statements by some US politicians about the Russian connection allegedly visible in the clashes in the city of Charlottesville on racial and social grounds a year ago are unsubstantiated allegations, the Russian Embassy in the US said in a statement on Sunday.

"On the eve of the anniversary of the clashes on racial and social grounds in Charlottesville, some American politicians find nothing better than searching for the ‘Russian connection’ here," the statement runs. "The following question arises: is there at least one hard fact to substantiate these insinuations? They do not exist essentially. Nor is there any evidence to prove equally absurd accusations against Russia of meddling in US domestic affairs. We regularly draw the attention of the US administration and the public at large to that."

"Considering US politicians’ irresponsible behavior, we will not be surprised if they accuse Russia of organizing the protests in Washington on August 12, 2018, timed to the anniversary of the Charlottesville events as well. It is much easier to shift the responsibility onto others than deal with internal problems, which confirm that, more than 150 years after the official abolition of slavery, interracial tensions in the US have not been eliminated," the Russian Embassy stressed.

On Saturday, Senator Thomas Garrett, a Virginia Republican, said that the FBI believes that protests in Charlottesville were linked to Russia’s influence on US domestic affairs.

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