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Russia’s troll farm doubled its budget in early 2018

By Max de Haldevang 

The infamous Russian troll farm in St Petersburg is stepping up its disinformation warfare in 2018, according to a criminal complaint by US authorities against the organization’s accountant.

The pro-Putin, oligarch-funded operation spent nearly as much in the first six months of 2018 as it did the entire year before. Between Jan. 2016 and June 2018, the Internet Research Agency’s total budget was over $35 million (more than 2 billion rubles), the complaint says. Not all the spending was on US operations.

The US Department of Justice details the year-by-year expenditure as follows:

2016: approx. $12 million (720 million rubles)

2017: approx. $12.2 million  (733 million rubles)

Jan. to June 2018: approx. $10 million (650 million rubles)



2 thoughts on “Russia’s troll farm doubled its budget in early 2018

  1. With scrutiny of their actions so high, and their efficiency effectively degraded, I’d be surprised if they got the same impact with 10x the 2012-2016 budget. They can blame GRU antics and resultant awareness for this huge disruption to their effectiveness IMHO.

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