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Russia spreads fake quotes about Red Army by DiCaprio, Jovovich, Portman ahead of May 9

9 May, 2024 Thursday
13:34

On the eve of the Victory Day celebrations in Russia, Kremlin bots conducted a one-day campaign during which they posted photos of Hollywood stars with fake quotes about the USSR

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This is reported by the Russian Agency Telegram channel.

The Russian project bot blocker has discovered that accounts linked to the Russian government on social media platform X conducted a one-day campaign against "rewriting history." As part of this campaign, Kremlin bots spread 28 tweets with photos of 13 Hollywood stars quoting the role of the Red Army and the Soviet Union in defeating the Nazis in World War II.

According to bot blocker, the campaign was conducted by bots of the Russian disinformation network Dvoinik. The publications were in English, German, and French.

The celebrities chosen to spread the fake quotes are descendants of people from the former USSR or the Russian Empire. Among those attributed with words about the greatness of the Red Army and the Soviet people were David Duchovny, Milla Jovovich, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Zoe Kravitz, Winona Ryder, Diane Agron, Mila Kunis, Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Antonina Connelly, and Natalie Portman.

In fact, none of the actors used by the bots spoke the phrases that were attributed to them.

The Russians spread the words on behalf of Harrison Ford about "imposing a distorted history of World War II, as if the United States had won alone." Natalie Portman allegedly stated that "in fact, the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, the Soviet Union saved hundreds of thousands of Jews from extermination.”

"No government would have been able to resist such terrible brutal wounds as Hitler inflicted on Russia. But Soviet Russia not only survived and recovered from these wounds, but also dealt the German army a blow so severe that no other army in the world could have dealt it," the post reads under the photo of actor David Duchovny.

The Kremlin bots attributed to the Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis, who tearfully told how proud she was to be a Ukrainian, the phrase that "people whose idol is Hitler's associate" came to power in Ukraine.

American film actor of Russian descent Anton Yelchin, to whom Russians attributed the phrase about Western attempts to "rewrite the history of World War II and diminish the role of Russia," died in 2016.

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