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Kremlin Says It Doesn’t Know Who Buys Political Ads on Facebook

Peskov appears to smile as he goes “deny, deny, deny”


  • “We don’t know who places ads on Facebook or how”
  • “Russia was never involved in this.”
  • “[W]e have never heard about this.”

Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, said on a conference call, as quoted by state-run RIA Novosti news agency. 

Russian official strategy whenever confronted:

  • Deny, deny, deny
  • Attack the messenger
  • Attack the message
  • Say “we have nukes”

Let’s see, check, check, and check.  Peskov is still denying. As in the MH17 shootdown, we are also waiting for your “alternate theories”.

Point of order, Mr. Peskov. Have you checked with the FSB and Roskomnadzor, who are in charge of monitoring all telecommunications in Russia?  Why didn’t they monitor somebody at 55 Savushkina Street, St Petersburg, making such an order to purchase these ads? Why don’t you just ask Evgeny Prigozhin? The FSB supposedly oversees the operation, why don’t…  oh, that’s right. I asked you about them before, but somehow Russia is doubly incompetent.  

Instead of saying “Deny, deny, deny”, why don’t you just say “no comment”?  

We know you’re guilty. You know you’re guilty. Everybody knows Russia is going to be exposed for this and you, personally, Dmitry, are going to, once again, look foolish.  Instead of “Deny, deny, deny”, it will look like “Lie, lie, lie”, which we all know anyway.  If you just say “No comment”, it’s not as ostentatious a lie. 

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Sep 22, 2017 — 15:50


— Update: Sep. 22 2017 — 12:55

The Kremlin hasn’t placed ads on Facebook to influence the U.S. election and doesn’t know who is behind them, its spokesman told reporters on Friday.

Facebook revealed this month that it had shut down hundreds of fake Russia-based accounts that had bought 3,000 social and political ads for $100,000.

On Thursday, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will share the 3,000 ads with U.S. Congressional investigators looking into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

“We don’t know who places ads on Facebook or how,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call, as quoted by state-run RIA news agency. “Russia was never involved in this.”

Facebook traced the purchased ads to the infamous “troll factory” based in St. Petersburg that employs users to advance pro-Kremlin propaganda.

It found that one-quarter of the 3,000 ads that ran between 2015 and early 2017 targeted specific geographical locations of the U.S. to “amplify divisive messages.”

The Kremlin distanced itself from the revelations, with Peskov saying at the time that “we have never heard about this.”

Multiple investigations are underway into claims that Russia influenced the vote to help elect Donald Trump.



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