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It looks like Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans

  Russia’s troll factories were, at one point, likely being paid by the Kremlin to spread pro-Trump propaganda on social media. That is what freelance journalist Adrian Chen, now a staff writer at The New Yorker, discovered as he was researching Russia’s “army of well-paid trolls” for an explosive New York Times Magazine exposé published in June 2015. “A very interesting thing happened,” Chen told Longform‘s Max Linsky in a podcast in

Fake: Finnish farmers losing out because of Russian sanctions

According to Russian agencies RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RuNews 24, Argumenty nedeli, Ekonomika Segodnya Finnish farmers’ profits are falling because of Russia’s embargo on European food imports. Falling milk prices, late subsidy payments and the Russian embargo are biting into Finnish farming profits claim these Russian sites and cite MTK, the Finnish Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners as their source. The Finnish news site yle.fi did in fact

Fake: Poroshenko threatens to bomb Russia

Scores of Russian and pro-Russian sites (Pravda.ru, Ukraina.ru, REN.tv, newsday24, Vsya Pravda, InforBuro, Politikus.ru and others)disseminated a story with the menacing headline “Poroshenko threatens to bomb Russia”. Pravda.ru was the first Russian media to carry this story; claiming that President Poroshenko was threatening to use the Ukrainian Air Force to cope with Russian aggression. The story was quickly picked up by other Russian sites. This claim is based on President

Russian media distort sanctions danger for US businesses

Russian newspaper Vzglyad published a story claiming that the US State Department has announced that Russian sanctions are harming American and European businesses. Vzglyad quotes Daniel Fried, the State Department’s Coordinator for Sanctions Policy who allegedly said that “in the decision-making process in general, and especially with the introduction of sanctions, do not try to avoid problems. Sanctions lead to undesirable consequences, and always have a price. There are American companies

Fake: I Love Russia Mass Action in the US

Russian media reported that “I love Russia” demonstrations took place simultaneously in 15 American states and hundreds of people took to central city squares to declare their love of Russia on the Russian national holiday known as Russia Day. The segment shown on Russia’s Channel Five television however, shows only a small number of people. The television presenter declares that prominent politicians and actors also participated in these American outpourings

TASS Distorts French Senate Resolution on Russia Sanctions

This week Russia’s news agency TASS reported that the French Senate adopted a resolution calling for” the gradual softening of sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union”.  This decision was dictated by the desires of the French public who are against the EU sanctions, claims TASS. Some Russian and Ukrainian media such as Vesti and RBC even went so far as to claim that the French Senate had actually

Fake: German Town of Quakenbrück To Recognize Crimea as Part of Russia

Russian media has devoted a great deal of attention to a German town called Quakenbrück in the northwestern Lower Saxony region. According to Ria Novosti, Izvestia, Lenta.ru, Sputnik and TVC the town’s parliament will call for Crimea to be recognized as part of the Russian Federation and for EU sanctions against Russia to be lifted. Quakenbrück is a town of less than 13,000 residents. Its legislative body is not a

Fake: West Loses Russian Propaganda War

The West has lost the propaganda war, RIA Novosti declared in a recent article and Western countries are increasingly concerned that they cannot develop effective methods of countering increasingly effective Russian propaganda. RIA Novosti bases its claim on an interview with French information strategist François-Bernard Huyghe in the French online journal Atlantico, much of which is inaccurately translated into Russian. “Lately some new methods of counteracting Kremlin’s campaigns have appeared

Fake: Veneto Regional Council Considers Crimea Part of Russia

Russian web sites are eagerly disseminating a story about the Veneto regional council voting to recognize the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014 as part of the Russian Federation and to lift EU sanctions imposed against Russia. The Russian newspaper Izvestia initially published this story and was soon followed by other Russian publications such as Gazeta.ru, Vzglyad, TVC, Life.ru, RBK, Lenta.ru and others. None of these sites mention

Fake: France to Lift Russia Sanctions

On April 28 scores of Russian publications featured headlines such as “French parliament calls for lifting sanctions against Russia” (Vesti.ru), “French legislature supports lifting Russia sanctions” (RIA.ru), “French Parliament , first in the EU votes for lifting sanctions against Russia” (Izvestia), “French MPs support lifting anti-Russia sanctions” (TVZvezda.ru). Only a few mentioned the fact that the French vote was merely a recommendation and not a binding decision. The draft bill

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