Turning politics up to 11Russian disinformation distorts American and European democracy

Turning politics up to 11Russian disinformation distorts American and European democracy

The Economist - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:14:59 GMT
Using fake social-media personas, the Russians tried to depress turnout among blacks and Muslims, encourage third-party voting and convince people of widespread voter fraud; their...

This bizarre story is one of the details which make Special Counsel Mueller’s grand-jury indictment filed in Washington, DC, on February 16th so fascinating, as well as deeply troubling. The indictment charged, as part of his investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with America’s election in 2016, with finding any links between Donald Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government. It charges three companies Mr Prigozhin controlled, including the Internet Research Agency and 12 other named Russians with identity theft, conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud America by “impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of the United States”.