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, Yevgeny […]

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 the […]

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 nationals […]

Sanctioned Russian Propagandist Alexander Malkevich Joins Maria Butina Fundraising Efforts

Malkevich was sanctioned by the US government for “attempted election interference” last year — Malkevich “did not contribute personal funds!” says Butina’s Russian advocate Alexander Ionov, who runs a Kremlin-backed NGO that helped promote U.S. separatist groups Alexander Malkevich (source) Alexander Malkevich, former editor-in-chief of sanctioned Russian propaganda website USA Really, has announced he is […]

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 Dean […]

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 I’ve […]

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. readers. […]

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 (FAN), […]

Being Alexander Malkevich

When the head of Russia’s new disinformation campaign arrived in Washington DC this week, reporters for NBC News and Foreign Policy were there to meet him Last week, I blogged an original story about Alexander Malkevich, a Russian government policy adviser and head of USA Really, a troll factory-linked propaganda organisation in Washington DC. Shortly […]

Trolling the Electorate

A Russian troll factory-linked media campaign headed by a Putin-approved government consultant claims to have an office facing the White House  For the past month, I’ve blogged extensively about “Wake up, America!”—a mysterious “Russian ops” campaign that recently made headlines after it attempted to organise a flash mob event at the White House to celebrate […]