June 22, 2019  |  Updated July 8, 2019

Russian Op 1: Fantasy Assassins

By DFRLab

This article is part of a series analyzing the various aspects of the suspected Russian intelligence operation. Our top post summarizes these findings.

On a few occasions, the Russian operation posted stories that appeared designed to appeal directly to the West’s most conspiracy-minded users. These stories were remarkable for their use of high-profile conservative figures —British prime ministerial candidate Boris Johnson and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) — to give the stories star quality.

The articles failed to catch on. Nonetheless, they constituted an attempt to seed false stories among a conservative and conspiracy-leaning demographic that has shown itself vulnerable to false stories in the past. As such, these examples deserve attention.

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