Opinion: Russian propaganda lands on America’s shores

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For almost a year now Russian propaganda in the US was lingering in the fringes of society. Now the Kremlin’s RT hits the main streets of Washington, DC, and New York City with an ad campaign of a different kind. It seems that Russian propaganda, the often-ignored part of the war conflict, has hit right in the political heart of the US.
RT's propaganda ad within 50 meters of the US State Department HQ. Photo Ludo Segers

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