Scotland's former first minister has sparked outrage in the UK with his latest move.
The country's state-run media outlets have been quick to denounce any election meddling talk as anti-Russian hysteria. So what's behind the shift in tone?
While specific stories from RT don't reach many people, they change the mainstream media's behaviour.
A Russian media expert spent the weekend consuming Russian coverage of America's response to the chemical attacks in Syria.
A former British ambassador to Cuba sees widespread harm in letting WikiLeaks operate from within the Ecuadorian embassy.