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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Sept. 25, 2019 (Pool photo by Sergei Chirikov via AP).

Russia’s Disinformation War Reaches Latin America, Challenging U.S. Influence

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

When a wave of popular protests erupted across South America last year, a number of officials in the region claimed the unrest was being promoted by a “foreign hand.” No one argued that the protest movements, from Chile to Colombia, were created entirely or even ignited by outside powers, but leaders like Chilean President Sebastian Pinera suggested the possibility that someone outside the region was pouring fuel on the fire.

Now, analysts at the U.S. State Department say they have reviewed the evidence and found that Russia was engaging in an incendiary and divisive disinformation campaign in Latin America waged over social media—similar to Moscow’s political interference in the 2016 elections in the United States, and subsequent meddling in Europe and parts of Africa. ...

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