Active Measures

Активные Мероприятия | Aktivnyye Meropriyatiya: Agent-operational measures aimed at exerting useful influence on aspects of the political life of a target country which are of interest, its foreign policy, the solution of international problems, misleading the adversary, undermining and weakening his positions, the disruption of his hostile plans, and the achievement of other aims. (Mitrokhin, Vasili (2013-01-11). KGB Lexicon: The Soviet Intelligence Officers Handbook (p. 13). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.)

Off to the Races 19 Feb to 25 Feb

Published: 2019 February 25

This is a brief follow-up to a previous entry. Mentions of candidates were down markedly for the period, in part due to one particularly prolific pro-Kremlin persona leaving official Kremlin media for freelance(?) for for Greyzone and Mint Press (to name two). Only three candidates are mention, Klobuchar once (and negatively), Gabbard once (positive or neutral), and Sanders 17 times. Of the Sanders mentions, 6 were negative (and entirely focused on Venezuela), while 11 were positive or neutral. Also, the Sanders mentions started out generally positive or neutral but turned more negative as we moved through the 6 day period. The positive or neutral tweets include content attacking Democrats for perceived hostility towards Sanders, including a retweet of Wikileaks dredging up stolen emails from 2016. As for what these folks are talking about if not US presidential candidates, it's Venezuela (with 178 mentions out of 1,993 tweets for the period). Again, see the previous entry for more about what I'm looking at here, how, and why.

Accounts, Mentions, and Roles/Types

Account Mentions of Candidates Affiliation/Type
ccooke_rt 3 Producer @underground_rt
_chrismaguire 2 RT, Media persona
lizziephelan 2 Operator of Ruptly-funded @redfishstream
oksanaboyko_rt 2 RT, Media persona
afshinrattansi 1 RT, Media persona
boombustrt 1 RT program
dancohen3000 1 RT, Media persona
igorzhdanovrt 1 RT, Media persona
laurietimmers 1 Sputnik UK, Media persona
maxkeiser 1 RT, Media persona
RT_com 1 RT
shottlandka 1 Executive Producer at Sputnik UK
therealjfod 1 RT, Media persona
underground_rt 1 RT UK program

Tweet URLs

All Tweet URLs Retweet Amplified Tweet URLs
twitter.com/lizziephelan/status/1100018820423536640 YES twitter.com/amalsaad_lb/status/1099729047221866496
twitter.com/dancohen3000/status/1099987910718308353 YES twitter.com/rogerwaters/status/1099435542259945474
twitter.com/afshinrattansi/status/1099831950318153728 YES twitter.com/AudreyAurus1/status/1099830011023052801
twitter.com/maxkeiser/status/1099815417873354754 YES twitter.com/RussiaMaddow/status/1099812860127936512
twitter.com/oksanaboyko_rt/status/1099663342065647616 YES twitter.com/RaniaKhalek/status/1099414955521179648
twitter.com/shottlandka/status/1099644670882271232 YES twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1099409801455562754
twitter.com/lizziephelan/status/1099608356904468481 YES twitter.com/naomischiller/status/1099399884321574912
twitter.com/RT_com/status/1099468279079419904
twitter.com/underground_rt/status/1098995900251287552
twitter.com/ccooke_rt/status/1098991440586334208
twitter.com/ccooke_rt/status/1098649350996135943
twitter.com/ccooke_rt/status/1098649164693549057
twitter.com/boombustrt/status/1098623021483479040
twitter.com/igorzhdanovrt/status/1098313117463924736
twitter.com/_chrismaguire/status/1098292914785001472
twitter.com/therealjfod/status/1098152034212212737
twitter.com/oksanaboyko_rt/status/1097960719247704064 YES twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1097844416558100482
twitter.com/_chrismaguire/status/1097899773955358721
twitter.com/laurietimmers/status/1097875224899608576