The BBC reports:
A major operation to influence public opinion saw comments posted on Western media articles in support of Russian interests, according to new research.
Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute found 32 prominent media websites across 16 countries were targeted including Mail Online, the Express and the Times.
The comments were fed back into Russian-language media outlets as the basis for stories, researchers said. The operation is believed to have been escalating since at least 2018 and recently focused on the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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