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Examples of right-wing propaganda allegedly posted on Facebook by Russia



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  • A Russian woman has been charged by the US Justice
    Department with conspiring to interfere with the US midterm
  • She has been accused of orchestrating a $35 million
    social media scheme to create fake accounts and post divisive
    propaganda, similar to what happened in the 2016
  • The US Justice Department shared examples of the
    content being shared, from fiscally conservative memes to
    far-right, Islamophobic propaganda.

The US Justice Department has charged a Russian woman with links
to a close ally of President Vladimir Putin with conspiring to
interfere in the upcoming US midterm elections.

The criminal complaint,
filed in September and publicly disclosed on Friday, alleges that
Elena Khusyaynova was instrumental in a wide-ranging campaign

to influence American politics via social media, evidence that
Russian attempts to interfere in domestic American affairs did
not end with the 2016 US election. 

The efforts, apparently referred to as Project Lakhta,” involved
the creation of thousands of social media and email accounts, and
had a budget of more than $35 million, the criminal complaint

As in 2016, the fake accounts posted highly politically charged
content to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in
apparent attempts to inflame the domestic political divisions
that have split America.

The material shared was apparently both left- and right-wing in
nature — but the examples the criminal complaint has publicized
are typically on the right of the spectrum, and range from
fiscally conservative memes to far-right, Islamophobic talking

They demonstrate how Russian trolls are leaping on — and fueling
— right-wing narratives in the United States in attempts to sow
political division. In one example, a Russian conspirator using
the fake name “Rachell Edison” posted a meme that belittled
concerns about police brutality and racism, accusing the
mainstream media (or “MSM”) of having “warped judgement.

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In another, “Bertha Malone” praised Donald Trump for removing
government regulations.

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Other examples provided in the criminal complaint are more
extreme. One Islamophobic image, also shared by “Bertha Malone,”
suggests Islam is a “cult,” and was captioned; “Dam right! and we
all know which cult we need to kick out of America…”

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A fourth image spreads the conspiracy theory that Obama has “ties
to the Muslim Brotherhood,” with the caption adding that “media
should investigate this traitor and his plane [sic] to Islamize
this country.” 

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