The most recent US indictment shows how Russian military intelligence officers created false online personas and websites in order to stage the release of stolen election-related documents, falsely claiming their activities were the work of ‘American hacktivists’.
It’s been four years since flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Since the tragedy, pro-Kremlin media and trolls have worked tirelessly to undermine the investigation and shift the blame onto Ukraine.
Since Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014 – an operation where disinformation, deception and confusion played a major role – Swedish authorities have stepped up their work to protect Sweden from similar hostile influence operations.
Both from Russian state owned channels and from official Kremlin-linked accounts, there was an immediate return to spreading already well known disinformation narratives which had been generated at the time of the first poisoning with Novichok earlier this year.
Russian propaganda often uses Western racists, conspiracy theorists or other lunatics as experts – as long as they speak favourably about Russia and the Kremlin
Twitter’s suspension of fake accounts is part of the fallout from Russia’s disinformation campaign during the 2016 US election.