Aktivnaya Diplomatiya: Trolling as Statecraft
2016 February 28
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The KGB Lexicon: apparently it is a living document, with new entries being added by such as Vladimir Putin. On 25 February 2016, the Kremlin troll factory that is the Russian Embassy in London came out with the following re: the supposed cease fire in Syria.

And finally, Russia boasts of its Active Diplomacy, the kissing cousin of Russian Active Measures. pic.twitter.com/XVbtvStffW

— aweisburd (@webradius) February 26, 2016

Joining the fight on Twitter is the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, who came to our collective attention when they attacked a Swedish journalist who dared cite Bellingcat's latest report on Russia's shoot down of the Malaysian airliner over Russian-occupied Eastern Ukraine. Here are a couple of reactions:

Yet another disgusting, cowardly and insidious information attack by Kremlin, this time in Sweden https://t.co/GOJChonfj2

— Jakub Kalenský (@kalenskyj) February 27, 2016

Посольство РФ в Швеции де факто угрожает журналистке проблемами с аккредитацией за освещение доклада Bellingcat. pic.twitter.com/zaVmJR33J9

— Naibolee veroyatno (@Mortis_Banned) February 27, 2016

@webradius "Ryssland är närmare än man tror…” “Russia is closer than you think…”

That’s not meant as a threat. Not at all.

— aweisburd (@webradius) February 27, 2016

That embassies have military attachés is not news, but links to them don't usually get such prominent placement on an embassy's website.

And speaking of RU EMB Stockholm, their website features a prominent link to their military attaché. pic.twitter.com/biiVXtZUGn

— aweisburd (@webradius) February 27, 2016

RE https://t.co/PzMmF8ODNW
Not that they are soliciting state secrets, but if you need someone to talk to GRU is there for you.

— aweisburd (@webradius) February 27, 2016

Not surprisingly, the Embassy is quite interested in preventing Sweden from joining NATO.

More "Active Diplomacy" from the RUEMB Stockholm. They would hate to see anything bad happen if Sweden joined NATO. pic.twitter.com/Ojhy8TKpIh

— aweisburd (@webradius) February 28, 2016

As it turns out, Russian embassies are a problem not only for the host country, but also for Russian expatriates - the latter being expected to act as a Kremlin-supporting fifth column whether they want to or not. Follow the link here for more:

Russian embassies are a common affliction https://t.co/XmZ8JUyQeN

— aweisburd (@webradius) February 27, 2016

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