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Sun May 12, 2019, 12:29 PM

Russia is Targeting European Elections. So Are Far-Right Copycats

LONDON — Less than two weeks before pivotal elections for the European Parliament, a constellation of websites and social media accounts linked to Russia or far-right groups is spreading disinformation, encouraging discord and amplifying distrust in the centrist parties that have governed for decades.

European Union investigators, academics and advocacy groups say the new disinformation efforts share many of the same digital fingerprints or tactics used in previous Russian attacks, including the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

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Russia remains a driving force, but researchers also discovered numerous copycats, particularly on the far right. Those groups often echo Kremlin talking points, making it difficult to discern the lines between Russian propaganda, far-right disinformation and genuine political debate.

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“The goal here is bigger than any one election,” said Daniel Jones, a former F.B.I. analyst and Senate investigator whose nonprofit group, Advance Democracy, recently flagged a number of suspicious websites and social media accounts to law enforcement authorities. “It is to constantly divide, increase distrust and undermine our faith in institutions and democracy itself. They’re working to destroy everything that was built post-World War II.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/12/world/europe/russian-propaganda-influence-campaign-european-elections-far-right.html

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Reply Russia is Targeting European Elections. So Are Far-Right Copycats (Original post)
EleanorR May 2019 OP
MineralMan May 2019 #1
at140 May 2019 #4
triron May 2019 #2
at140 May 2019 #3
Firestorm49 May 2019 #5

Response to EleanorR (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:31 PM

1. It's almost impossible to differentiate between Russian and far-right groups.

They appear to have similar opinions and positions in many cases. Odd, isn't it?

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:40 PM

4. That is true! Russia has flat income tax!

Amazing Russia has made more Zillionaire Oligarchs than United States.

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Response to EleanorR (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:35 PM

2. Russia is waging cyberwar against liberal democracy. We ignore this at our peril.

Much of the media is complicit.

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Response to EleanorR (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 12:35 PM

3. USSR targeted elections in India back in the

1950's. Even a municipal election, where USSR was funding the communist candidate running for mayor of my city.

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Response to EleanorR (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:41 PM

5. Bannon must be working overtime.

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