Graphika, a US firm specializing in online disinformation, is reporting that actors linked to Russian disinformation operations are targeting American far-right audiences on alternative online platforms. According to the Graphika report:
June 7, 2021 Actors linked to previous Russian information operations continue to target American far-right communities with inflammatory and politically-divisive messaging, leveraging alternative online platforms such as patriots[.]win, Gab and Parler. The newly-discovered campaign began on Nov. 5 last year, is still active, and builds on previous foreign influence efforts likely conducted by the same actors that Graphika exposed ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Narratives have included false allegations of voter fraud, amplification of tensions over racial inequality and police violence, criticism of the U.S. government’s response to Covid-19, racist attacks on Vice President Kamala Harris, and accusations of senility and pedophilia directed at President Joe Biden. The actors also disseminated a series of political cartoons, which appear to be unique and may have been created specifically for this campaign.
Read the full report here.
Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on the Russian relationship to far-right actors in the US and Europe has included:
- In June, we reported that Russia’s RT jumped into the growing controversy in the US over Critical Race Theory, a controversy primarily stoked by the rightwing in the US.
- In April, we reported that on the attempts by British far-right figure Tommy Robinson to cultivate relationships with Russia.
- In March, we reported about a NATO study finding that pro-Kremlin and Kremlin-official media repeatedly amplified the voices of German politicians from the far-right Alternative fūr Deutschland (AfD) and far-left Die Linke.