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Russian Journalists Threatened After Reporting on Prigozhin

Russian Journalists Threatened After Reporting on Prigozhin

From our friends at Meduza: Journalists from the investigative website Proekt say they began receiving threats after they started looking into the operations of Russian mercenaries and political strategists in Africa and the Middle East. Proekt says it has reason to believe the combatants and consultants in question may be working for Evgeny Prigozhin, the...

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Putin’s Mercenaries Use Syria as a Training Ground and Revenue Stream

Putin’s Mercenaries Use Syria as a Training Ground and Revenue Stream

The consistently excellent Lobelog describes how Vladimir Putin is using the the Russian private military company, Wagner, for deniable and lucrative military operations in the Middle East and Africa. The story, by Nicolai Due-Gundersen does not mention the CEO of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, but does demonstrate that Wagner is a tool of Putin’s statecraft. Prigozhin...

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What Mueller Didn’t Say About ‘Putin’s Prince’ and His Troll Factory

What Mueller Didn’t Say About ‘Putin’s Prince’ and His Troll Factory

(This article was first published on Just Security) The narrow testimony and contentious questioning of Robert Mueller has raised questions on the political left as well as the right about one of his most significant findings related to Russia’s secret efforts to influence the 2016 election on behalf of President Donald Trump: the social media...

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Influence Op: Russia’s 2016 Twitter Campaign Had 3,900 Accounts

Influence Op: Russia’s 2016 Twitter Campaign Had 3,900 Accounts

The Russian disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 American presidential election was bigger in scope and coordination than reported earlier, according to new analysis from the American cybersecurity company Symantec, reported by the tech site Gizmodo. Twitter released a data set of reportedly Russian-controlled disinformation actors totaling 3,900 accounts and 10 million tweets in...

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Targeting Russia’s IRA, Twitter Closes More Accounts

Targeting Russia’s IRA, Twitter Closes More Accounts

U.S. intelligence agencies are not the only ones who say Russian influence operations against the United States continue. On January 31, Twitter extended its purge of “potential information operations”  by announcing the deletion of 418 Russian accounts 2,617 Iranian accounts 1,196 Venezuelan accounts Twitter’s actions are a snapshot of the information warfare battlefield. From Russia,...