Ahead of 2020, ‘Putin’s chef’ sharpens Russian propaganda skills in Africa

Ahead of 2020, ‘Putin’s chef’ sharpens Russian propaganda skills in Africa
November 2, 2019 No Comments cnn admin

( CNN) In the runup to the 2020 election, the postgraduates of Russia’s loathsome “troll factory” are sharpening their fake-news talents. This time, they are doing it frankly, abusing Africa as a proving ground — and with the help of Alexander Malkevich, a Russian propagandist deported from the US.

Facebook’s new takedown sheds light on the evolving and expanding running of Prigozhin’s disinformation professionals, who seemed to be banking performers on the foot and establishing satellite offices in Africa, rather than running the entire operation from a nondescript business center in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, as they did during the course of its 2016 election.

It’s part of a wider swivel to Africa by the Kremlin. Facebook’s takedown came just days after President Vladimir Putin’s lavish reception at a summit for 54 African countries in the Russian resort town of Sochi.