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Infamous St. Petersburg 'Troll Factory' Set on Fire
Moscow Times ^ | Oct. 09 2018 | Staff

Posted on 10/09/2018 10:41:00 AM PDT by yesthatjallen

The office of Russia’s infamous troll factory believed to be at the vanguard of Russia’s information war has been set on fire in St. Petersburg overnight.

An investigation revealed last year that the secretive troll factory had rebranded itself as a media conglomerate with 16 news websites generating more than 30 million pageviews every month. Its operational hub, a website called FAN (Federal News Agency), is based a stone’s throw from the troll farm’s original location in northern St. Petersburg.

The Fontanka.ru news website cited police as saying that an unknown suspect broke the agency’s ground-floor window and threw a Molotov cocktail inside at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

Surveillance footage published by FAN showed flames erupting at one of the empty workstations and a female staffer stationed on the opposite end quickly exiting the office.

“I believe this is tied to FAN’s activities,” its chief editor Yevgeny Zubarev said. “We’re most often attacked online, but these types of attacks have already taken place offline.”

FAN said its office came under another arson attack on the eve of the 2018 presidential elections in March.

The troll farm is believed to be run by billionaire restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as President Vladimir Putin’s “cook.” A U.S. special counsel indicted Prigozhin and 12 other Russians this year on charges of defrauding the U.S. government by interfering with its political process.

St. Petersburg police told the RBC news website that they were looking for the culprit and planned to launch criminal proceedings.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: russia; trollfarm
Who gains from destroying this Russian troll farm?
1 posted on 10/09/2018 10:41:00 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
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To: yesthatjallen

I don’t accept that it is a “Russian troll farm” to begin with, as every single source that claims to show it is is either Deep State or anonymous (probable Deep State).

I find it more likely that Mueller created a phantom menace to indict in a case he never expected to have to try, for PR/anti-Trump purposes.


2 posted on 10/09/2018 10:53:24 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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To: thoughtomator

Glad to hear you are safe!


3 posted on 10/09/2018 10:56:00 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: yesthatjallen

The only way to kill a troll is with fire.


4 posted on 10/09/2018 10:59:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (alea iacta est)
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To: yesthatjallen

Did PETA do it to free the trolls? Better start watching before you cross any bridges.

Reminds me of the 1970s when some people protested hunting to save the skeet!


5 posted on 10/09/2018 11:04:59 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Slandering foreign agents like yourself don’t belong here. Go back to your GCHQ buddies and ask for a new online identity.


6 posted on 10/09/2018 11:06:59 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

we all know now that the meskeet escaped to Nachadoches


7 posted on 10/09/2018 11:07:16 AM PDT by bert ((KE. N.P. N.C. +12) Muller..... conspiracy to over throw the government)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

some trolls have died by lightening strike


8 posted on 10/09/2018 11:08:47 AM PDT by bert ((KE. N.P. N.C. +12) Muller..... conspiracy to over throw the government)
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To: yesthatjallen

Soros can corner the market on troll farms now.


9 posted on 10/09/2018 11:11:24 AM PDT by conservative98
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To: yesthatjallen
Infamous St. Petersburg 'Troll Factory' Set on Fire


10 posted on 10/09/2018 11:21:51 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (America NEEDS Mob Rule, another European and Mid East World War and a universal Draft)
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To: yesthatjallen

FR will be rich. Trolls will be in such short supply, that we can sell ours for Brazilians.


11 posted on 10/09/2018 11:26:49 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Save the naguas! Those nasty furniture places slaughter thousands of poor naguas to cover furniture.


12 posted on 10/09/2018 11:45:18 AM PDT by BipolarBob (#meToo Things have gotten so bad that Caitlyn Jenner has memories of Bruce touching her.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
We have tons of inventory strategically located. Worry not.


13 posted on 10/09/2018 11:51:33 AM PDT by Delta 21 (.....been here this long you actually expect me to read the article....)
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