Twitter and Reddit Suspend Accounts Run by U.S.-Sanctioned Russian Propaganda Site

— Russian troll factory-linked news site USA Really is struggling to connect with American voters ahead of 2020 election source For the second year in a row, Twitter and Reddit have suspended accounts belonging to sanctioned Russian propaganda website USA Really, one of a number of shady news outlets allegedly funded by Robert Mueller-indicted catering oligarch,… Continue reading Twitter and Reddit Suspend Accounts Run by U.S.-Sanctioned Russian Propaganda Site

Maria Butina Pens Article for Russian Think Tank Run by U.S.-Sanctioned Kremlin Policy Adviser

— The article appears to be the first in a regular column published by the Foundation for the Protection of National Values, an obscure Russian think tank run by sanctioned Kremlin mass media policy adviser Alexander Malkevich source Maria Butina is teaming up with a Russian think tank whose founder allegedly has close ties to… Continue reading Maria Butina Pens Article for Russian Think Tank Run by U.S.-Sanctioned Kremlin Policy Adviser

Sanctioned Kremlin Propagandist Alexander Malkevich Denies Allegations He Tried to Meddle in African Elections

— “What does it mean – ‘the files lead to the trolls factory’? It’s a bunch of words,” said Malkevich, who is accused of orchestrating election interference campaigns in Africa Alexander Malkevich (source) Recently, reports have emerged of a new Kremlin-backed strategy to influence African elections. In April, BBC News reported that dozens of Russian… Continue reading Sanctioned Kremlin Propagandist Alexander Malkevich Denies Allegations He Tried to Meddle in African Elections

Sanctioned Russian Propagandist Alexander Malkevich Joins Maria Butina Fundraising Efforts

— Alexander Malkevich, who was sanctioned for “attempted election interference” last year, joins crowdfunding efforts to help pay convicted Russian agent Maria Butina’s legal bills — Malkevich “did not contribute personal funds!” says Butina’s designated fundraiser Alexander Ionov, who runs a Kremlin-backed NGO that helped promote U.S. separatist groups Alexander Malkevich (source) Alexander Malkevich, former… Continue reading Sanctioned Russian Propagandist Alexander Malkevich Joins Maria Butina Fundraising Efforts

Daily Beast: Google Yanks Services From Sanctioned Russian Website

— USAReally.com has been barred from using Google Analytics as the website’s American contributors reconsider their involvement — The site’s parent company has postponed its lawsuit against Facebook while its attorneys apply for a sanctions exemption. Read my latest at The Daily Beast. Via “Google Yanks Services From Russian Propaganda Site” by Lachlan Markay and… Continue reading Daily Beast: Google Yanks Services From Sanctioned Russian Website

Round-Up 2018: Here’s the Scoop

— Russian trolls and stealth political campaigns. Revisiting my scoopiest stories of 2018 2018 was undoubtedly my most successful year since I started writing at Shooting the Messenger almost five years ago. Once described as an “amateur sleuth” by Politico and unceremoniously trashed by a surrogate for U.S. president Donald Trump on Fox News (something… Continue reading Round-Up 2018: Here’s the Scoop

Head of Russian Disinfo Website Sanctioned by U.S. Treasury

— In June I scooped a story about attempts by Russian government media adviser Alexander Malkevich to set up a troll factory-linked propaganda website in Washington, D.C. Yesterday Malkevich was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for “attempted election interference” Since April, I’ve been doing original reporting on USA Really, a now-infamous disinformation website aimed at U.S.… Continue reading Head of Russian Disinfo Website Sanctioned by U.S. Treasury

Russian Trolls Gatecrashed a D.C. Midterm Election Party at the National Press Club

— The Federal News Agency allegedly engaged in attempts to interfere in U.S. elections. Last week it gatecrashed a National Press Club election night party attended by Michael Avenatti: “Putin must be so proud” Attendees at a National Press Club election night event have become targets of a disinformation campaign by Moscow’s Federal News Agency… Continue reading Russian Trolls Gatecrashed a D.C. Midterm Election Party at the National Press Club