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After almost every election or referendum which has occurred in Western countries during the past few years, suspicions have arisen that certain states (namely the Russian Federation) have tried to secretly intervene and manipulate the results.
The so-called ‘yellow vest’ protests against rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax in France, which started on November 17, 2018, not only took France by storm but also resonated in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The yellow vests – high-visibility jackets, which French protesters adopted as a symbol – gradually spread into other countries a symbol of anti-Western agenda and anti-establishment.
A poll of residents of Slovakia released by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research reveals distinct vulnerabilities to Russian influence among Slovaks on issues of security, identity and media consumption.