Far-right party is a stooge of Russia
Is Sweden about to vote itself over to Kremlin control? asked Anders Lindberg. The far-right Sweden Democrats party—which has neo-Nazi and white nationalist roots—is tipped to win more legislative seats than any other in the Sept. 9 election, and it’s long past time for Swedes to probe the party’s Russian ties. The SD has “consistently backed the Russian line”—on the annexation of Crimea, for example—and its members express open admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Concerns began to be raised four years ago, when the SD appointed a lawmaker linked with Russian ultranationalists to the State Air Defense Committee, giving him “access to sensitive information.” Then in 2016, the SD hired a Russian-born Swede as a parliamentary aide: He turned out to have financial ties to a Kremlin-linked Russian businessman. “All the warning bells were ringing,” says Lars Nicander, chief investigator at the Swedish Defense Academy. Having a possible double agent roaming the halls of parliament was an extraordinary breach—he could have overheard confidential conversations about NATO or the North Stream gas deal with Russia, or “even installed listening devices in the Riksdag.” We can’t be sure that the SD is working for Sweden’s interests—and that is terrifying.