Disinfo: No Russian trace in the ‘yellow vests’ protests – concluded by France

Summary

France has actually concluded that there was no Russian trace in the protests.

Disproof

The investigation, as announced by French authorities, started on December 8 and is ongoing. Social media accounts connected to Russia have been actively amplifying the protests, as reported by  The Times and Bloomberg. No evidence given for the alleged French conclusions.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 130
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, France
  • Keywords: yellow vests

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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