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Fresh update on "russia" discussed on Bloomberg Surveillance
"Now with the latest news from New York City and around the world here's Michael Barr Tom Bayley John there's been a deadly accident on the set of an Alec Baldwin movie in New Mexico authorities saying the Hollywood star discharged a prop gun while filming a scene for the western movie rust killing the film's director of photography 42 year old Helena Hutchins and wounding director Joel Sousa Bill Davis is a weapons expert and an armorer for movies and TV That's the person who handles the guns on set before the actors get them There are certain commands certain rules that are unbreakable when it comes to handling firearms on a movie set and that sounds to me like somebody broke some of the rules And somebody lost their life Weapons expert Bill Davis spoke to CBS the cinematographers guild released a statement overnight saying we support a full investigation into this tragic event This is a terrible loss The CDC backed COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson the move will allow recipients of all three shots cleared in the U.S. to receive a supplemental dose to bolster their immunity against the coronavirus Additionally the CDC said that eligible people may choose a different booster from the vaccine they originally received President Joe Biden said the U.S. was committed to defending Taiwan from a Chinese attack Biden made his comment during a CNN town hall in Baltimore to protect the democratically ruled island China Russia and the rest of the world knows we are the most powerful military in history of the world Don't worry about whether we're going to be more powerful But you do have to worry about is whether or not they're going to engage in activities that will put them in a position where there may make a serious mistake A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman offered a rebuke urging the U.S. to speak.
Mollie Hemingway Compares the Media Outrage of 2016 Election vs. 2020 Election
"In the past Molly Hemingway if you had an oligarch like a Zuckerberg and this individual through their money around in a significant way to influence the outcome of election It would be a there'd be a national outcry But the media to if Karl rove worked with the cokes to put the entire army of young Republicans into the election system I happened to think that NPR might have covered it a little bit more It would have been outrage You think about what they did between 2016 and 2020 where the entire allegation of Russia collusion That was their claim that Trump stole the 2016 election which lasted for years Their claim was that because Russians had bought like a $100,000 in Facebook ads some of which benefited Hillary Clinton some of which benefited Donald Trump That put our entire country into chaos for years And it's nothing compared to what we're talking about that actually happened in 2020 Never made sense that the Russians would decide with Trump against Hillary They got everything they wanted from Hillary
Fresh update on "russia" discussed on Museumspodden
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Mark Levin Remembers Studying Rush Limbaugh
"Rush from time to time would have me over This is many years ago Maybe the late 90s As he was doing his radio shows broadcasting And I'd be watching him do it And he would say you're studying me aren't you Mark I said yes I am sir And he would laugh He thought it was great while he was puffing on a cigar And something I always wanted to do even before I heard Russia knew rush or heard bob grant or new bob grant Or one of my favorites in Philadelphia in a local station Was Dominic Quinn in Philadelphia many many years ago Of course our buddy Tom right In Baltimore mister producer Tom marr we missed on Marvin miss all these guys Very very
Fresh "russia" from News, Traffic and Weather
"We are tracking several international headlines at this hour Russia going back into lockdown later this month as COVID cases soar Russian leader Vladimir Putin is urging people to get vaccinated and he has said the weak long lockdown will be fully paid for for Russian workers According to the World Health Organization Europe is the only region where COVID cases saw an increase last week rising 7% And how's this for you $7.7 million That's how much an anonymous U.S. collector paid for the triceratops skeleton you see on your screen This happened at an auction in Paris The triceratops was discovered in 2014 and South Dakota So it's a bit of a homecoming for the dinosaur They're representative for the anonymous bidder said it was love at first sight for the owner and he is thrilled to be able to own something so extremely special Well in Hong Kong when you snooze you lose You might actually be a wind though for this company offering a sleeping bus tours The company organizing the tourist said that the ride is 5 hours long and it's inspired by the tendency of tired commuters to fall asleep on public transit Tickets costs between 13 and $51 and their riders are encouraged to bring blankets and pillows if they wish.
WHO: Europe the only region with rise in COVID-19 last week
"The World Health Organization says the only region seeing a rise in covert nineteen cases right now is Europe I'm Ben Thomas with the latest the W. H. O. says Europe saw a seven percent rise in new coronavirus cases last week the third week in a row that cases of jump there WHO's has more than half of European countries reported a rise in infections with Britain Russia and Turkey accounting for the most globally the U. S. reported the biggest number more than five hundred and eighty thousand cases but that still represented an eleven percent decline the biggest drops in covered nineteen cases were seen in Africa and the western Pacific were infections fell by eighteen and sixteen percent respectively the number of deaths in Africa also declined by about a quarter despite the dire shortage of vaccines there I'm Ben Thomas
Fresh update on "russia" discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
"Particularly Russia appears to be sliding backwards in the fight against COVID We'll explain Also our Robin Roberts one on one with doctor Jill Biden Stay with us This is what being live is all about This is ABC News live All right we're gonna move back We're surrounded by squeezing into the bomb shelter What an urgent delivery run We're not afraid to go there So my question mister president what are you so afraid of Breaking news live events This is the moment Streaming straight to you anytime anywhere You just spent one friend right here You're watching ABC News live Thanks for streaming with us Is an extraordinary story A computer salesman was supposed to report to prison to begin a 17 year sentence They let him turn himself into jail with no escort No one thought he would run How do you evade the capture for 25 years How do you do that Now join the search Following the U.S. Marshals as they uncover new.
FBI Agents Swarm Russian Oligarch's DC Home
"So the guy whose house they swarmed the yesterday in Washington D.C. the FBI this guy Oleg deripaska was connected to Vladimir Putin but he also had business relationships with Christopher Steele who was one of the authors of the dossier used to spy on Donald Trump by the FBI That was the whole collusion dossier You know the pee pee tape He's colluding with Putin You got the whole thing So some people say Dan this great news deripaska means a closed in on stealing a network I'm not sure about that But here before we get to so we have two options here Either they're closing in on steels and network or more likely they're hiding George Soros's role and others in the 2016 election manipulation That's what I think But going back to reason number one here's steals connections some of them this guy Derek Oscar they serve the warrant on his house yesterday In 2015 DOJ officials notably Brussels and some FBI agents met in New York with deripaska to seek the Russian billionaires help on organized crime investigations The meeting was facilitated though not attended by Christopher Steele Chris the first Theo area is here it gets worse In 2012 yields private firm orbis was hired as a subcontractor by a law firm working for you guessed it their apostle Who then headed Russia's largest aluminum company Steals firm was asked to do some research on a business rival By 2015 steals work had left him friendly with one of their apostles lawyers according to John Solomon's sources this is from a 2018 piece And when or the associate Deputy Attorney General longtime acquaintance of steel sought help getting to meet their pasca who obliged but Christopher
It's Astounding That the Clinton-Russia Story Wasn't Picked Up by a Single Media Outlet
Love or Hate Donald Trump, He Stuck to His Guns on China
"It Listen you can love or hate Donald Trump I don't agree with everything he does obviously Nobody does But at least he saw the light And got the peek at the open kimono Of the with the Chinese Communist Party really were And didn't play to the leftist reimagination of who Russia and China really are You see in that now again with
Comparing the Chinese and U.S. Hypersonic Weapons
"China's new weapon is only one of a series of hypersonic weapons being developed by Beijing Russia and the U.S. the U.S. and Russia have also spent decades working on their own hypersonic nuclear capable systems And the two countries have conducted tests on the weapons in recent months Here's the difference the Chinese have stolen our technology and improved it While we sit on our hands Washington and Moscow have only made public details of their medium range hypersonic weapons that are designed to be launched from ships or planes and do not strike from space But China's testing now of a 25,000 mph hypersonic missile which flew through space before launching an attack on its target took analysts by surprise indicated Beijing's missile program is more advanced than previously thought That was the extent of the details as they're known right now Now our missile called the arrow Can reach a speed of 15,345 mph The what they call the fractional orbit bombardment system or the Chinese new missile that they fired the top speed is not 25,000 mph Excuse me It's 21,000 mph The range is unlimited The range of our missile is believed to be about a thousand miles but it's not certain launch from a B one B bomber The Chinese can launch their missile from any land base
Iran: US should lift sanctions to prove it wants talks
"Hi Mike Rossi you're reporting Iran wants the United States to lift sanctions to prove it once stalled nuclear talks to proceed Iran's president said Monday the United States should lift sanctions on Iran to prove it is serious about restarting stalled nuclear talks in Vienna Ebrahim Raisi made his comments in an interview with Iranian state TV but in Washington at a state department briefing spokesman that price we will continue to enforce them together with our allies and partners around the world until and unless a run chooses a path of diplomacy talks between Iran and the European signatories of the twenty fifty nuclear deal alongside Russia and China have been stalled since June president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the accord in twenty eighteen Mike
Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with NATO
"Russia says it's suspending its mission of NATO and has also ordered the closure of the alliance's office in Moscow in retaliation to NATO's expulsion of Russian diplomats earlier this month NATO withdrew the accreditation of eight Russian officials to denying them access to its Brussels headquarters saying it believes they have been secretly working as intelligence officers NATO also hopped the size of Moscow's team at its headquarters from twenty to ten Moscow has dismissed the accusations as baseless and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has announced Moscow's response announcing that the suspension of Russia's mission of NATO and the closure of the alliance's military liaison and information offices in the Russian capital I'm
Russia's daily COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 for first time
"Russia stated death toll from covert nineteen has exceeded five thousand for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections the national crown of ice task force report two thousand two deaths up from nine hundred ninety nine on Friday along with over thirty three thousand and you confirm covert nineteen cases Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of boxing nations with lotteries bonuses and other incentives but widespread backs and skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied their efforts the government said this week that about forty three million Russians were about to twenty nine percent of the country's nearly a hundred forty six million people are fully vaccinated I'm
How Democrats Rigged a Presidential Election with Mollie Hemingway
"But kind of walk through some of the things that you found in researching this because this is one of the most under research topics in the history of news. You have the entire news media just not just uninterested, but they're invested in making sure you don't talk about it. Exactly right. So one of the things that I think is very interesting is that the same democratic operative who ran the Russia lie. That was the lie that Donald Trump stole the 2016 election by colluding with Russia. His name is Mark Elias. He was at Perkins cooey which is this big democratic firm. He recently left to start his own firm at more money and have more power and control. And he was the one that funneled the secretive Russia lie. That was where Hillary Clinton paid for opposition research. It was just inventions, lies, that Donald Trump was planning to steal the 2016 election and that he did steal the 2016 election. They actually have kept it going, this entire time. His name is Marc Elias. He's also the guy who ran the democratic operation to change all voting laws leading up to the 2020 election. And that meant different things in different states. So that could be about watering down the integrity of mail in balloting, that could be expanding the period of time in which you vote so that you're not really sure how many people voted or when they have to get their ballots in by. And he has this array of different groups that he works with, whether they're democratic operatives or nonprofit nonpartisan groups that are actually just kind of arms of the Democratic Party, who would have them file lawsuits. And so it was just this wide ranging operation to weaken the integrity of the election system. And because of COVID, you know, this is something that he had been wanting to do for decades, but because of COVID, suddenly all these judges or other people were more amenable
Russia offers US to lift sanctions on diplomatic missions
"Russia's foreign ministry says that Moscow is offering the U. S. to roll back mutual restrictions on diplomatic missions Russia has offered the U. S. to roll back several rounds of sanctions that have hampered diplomatic activity but is reaffirmed strong opposition to any U. S. military presence in the former Soviet central Asian nations following the American exit from Afghanistan the Russian proposal was made during the talks between undersecretary of state the toria Nuland and Russia's Sergei we up cough however little progress appears to be made on normalizing the work of the diplomatic missions which is being hampered by the successive sanctions I'm Charles the last
Report says UK's slow virus lockdown cost 1000s of lives
"A report from lawmakers concludes the British government's failure to impose a lockdown in the early days of the pope at nineteen pandemic ranks among England's worst public health blunders in the country's first comprehensive report on the pandemic to house of Commons committees say the inquiry was designed to uncover one of the U. K. performed significantly worse than many other countries during the initial period of the pandemic the latest data is that the nation has accumulated more than one hundred thirty seven thousand coronavirus deaths the highest toll in Europe off to Russia government officials say though that they did what they could in a time of crisis the committee say decisions on lockdowns and social distancing who's ranked as one of the most important public health for years the UK has ever experienced Charles Taylor that's not London
Cyberattacks concerning to most in US: Pearson/AP-NORC poll
"A poll finds most Americans are seriously concerned about cyber attacks on U. S. computer systems the survey from the Pearson institute anti piano worse the center for public affairs research comes amid a wave of ransomware attacks and cyber spying campaigns that compromise sensitive records and led to shutdowns of energy companies hospitals and others the poll finds about nine in ten Americans are at least somewhat concerned about hacking and about two thirds of very or extremely concerned roughly three quarters view China and Russia as major threats the broad consensus could boost government efforts to force critical industries into increasing their own cyber defences Sager AMAG ani Washington
Russians flock to Serbia for Western-made COVID-19 vaccines
"Russians are flocking to Serbia to receive western approved covert nineteen shops over Russia has its own vaccine known as Sputnik five international health authorities haven't approve this use that means Russians who want to travel freely need to show they received a western made short with Serbia a convenient choice because they can enter the allied Balkan countries without visas I'm because it offers a wide choice of vaccines vaccination tool packages for Russians seeking Schultz induced by the World Health Organization appeared on the market in mid September questions
Media groups welcome 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for journalists
"Media groups have welcomed the twenty twenty one Nobel Peace Prize for journalists who've battled to confront misinformation globally human rights activists and many others have been futuristically welcomed the awarding of this year's prize to journalists Maria resa of the Philippines and the meat you will write off of Russia at the time we media groups around the world face new pressures and crackdowns from the authorities another new threat is the rise of misinformation even in established democracies the committee to protect journalists says risa I move out of all of the personal threat and continues to defy censorship and repression to report the news leading the way for others to do the same Charles Taylor this month London
Nobel Peace Prize awarded to journalists Ressa and Muratov
"To feel less jealous of one of the twenty twenty one Nobel Peace Prize Maria ressa over the Philippines and the matrix well rough tough of Russia become a Nobel laureates for the fight for freedom of expression in countries where reporters have faced persistent attacks harassment and even murder Wester says she's called out the erosion of the rights guaranteed in her nation's constitution even when it's got personal shows that this asymmetrical power when the state's power is focused on journalists but the way you fight back is by doing your job press two has criticized Facebook saying the company knew it was harming people with this information I'm Charles de Ledesma
Biden's Latest Nominee Saule Omarova Removed Karl Marx Thesis off Resume
"Just to show you How unbelievable this administration is What a fraud Joe Biden is and was to get elected president of the United States From our Friends at post millennial Biden nominee removes thesis on Karl Marx from her resume Removes her thesis from Karl Marx on her resume I talked about this woman before She's a Marxist She's a flat out Marxist On Tuesday Biden's nominee to head the office of the control of the currency Sally amar ova removed her thesis on Karl Marx from her resume According to the Washington free Beacon Amaro listed a paper titled Karl Marx's economic analysis in the theory of revolution in the capital on her resume as recently as 2017 Senator pat toomey the ranking member of the Senate banking housing and urban affairs committee demanded she hand over a copy of that thesis in a letter written on Tuesday He said the committee needs to fully assess the fitness of individuals to serve in Senate confirmed executive and independent agency positions She reportedly wrote that thesis while attending Moscow state university at pointed her out two weeks ago on a VI Lenin personal academic scholarship on a Lenin personal academic scholarship But the curriculum vide the CV viewed by the Senate committee on banking housing and urban affairs did not list that paper To me demanded that she hand over the original Russia language thesis in an English version if it exists to the committee of October 13 Remember the Democrats run the committee
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"Hours talking when we first met. When discussing their shared passion for music coverage mentioned to her that he'd previously been the singer and frontman for a hungarian punk rock band back in the ninety s called bankrupt.
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"Raymond buxton is from north bay ontario. And before buying that dream home in taiwan. He spent five years with the canadian military but his career was cut short in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine. Raymond was serving in indonesia flying in a helicopter. When one of the engines died he crashed into the ocean and broke his back due to his injuries. You was forced to retire so raymond went back to school earned his teacher's license and fell in love with taiwanese woman they got married in. Nineteen ninety eight and decided to move together to taiwan. He says at the time in the late ninety s few.
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"Union. Jack was lower. The chinese flag was raised in its place at midnight. The british government officially handed over responsibility for hong kong to the people's republic of china marking end of one hundred and fifty six years of british rule. But there was a catch on. Kong's handover agreement included a constitutional guarantee of special status for hong kong. It's called one country. Two systems chapter one article. Five of the hong kong constitution reads the socialist system and policies shall not be practiced in the hong kong. Special administrative region and the previous capitalist system and way of life shall remain unchanged for fifty years under the agreement on kong would essentially maintain. Its atonomy except in matters of foreign affairs. National defense it. Also guaranteed hongkongers would continue to enjoy democratic freedoms and human rights including freedom of speech assembly and the press hong kong was to be an a wasilla of civil liberties living in the shadow of authoritarian at the handover ceremony. Prince charles gave a speech. Signaling hope for the future. Britain is part of hong kong's history and hong kong is part of britain's history. We are also part of each other's future. We are confident that the ties between us will not only enjoy but will continue to develop and for a time they did. Hong kong prospered as one of the world's major financial hubs nicknamed asia's world city a capitalist gateway connecting communist china to the western world. And as i mentioned under the terms of the handover that one country two systems arrangement was to last for fifty years until twenty forty seven. But today you'd almost never know it but right now it's it's quite dire matt's. Jc he and his wife are canadians from montreal. They've been living in hong kong for twelve years. I i met the couple back in two thousand nine hundred nine when i was sent to hong kong to cover the protests against that proposed extradition bill. Jc and his wife were there fighting for their adopted home. Name must be supported must be helped in keeping the the lifetime they've been having been on. The protests against the extradition law began in march of twenty nineteen with the city at the government headquarters and the demonstrations continued every week for months and grew larger.
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"Two million people a quarter of the city's population march through the streets. And i interview one of the most prominent members of the pro democracy movement then twenty two year old named joshua wong in the reason rally with two people inside dougherty from the generation of baby boomers to manuals from youngster. Elderly from grassroot upper class elites all we strike dougherty and he with alcoa on democracy and freedom by september twenty nineteen it appeared the pro democracy movement had won a major victory. The hong kong government withdrew the extradition bill. The protesters were filled with hope. Well what a difference a couple of years can make. We begin with that breaking news where in beijing china's parliament has reportedly passed a controversial national security law four hong kong dozens of pro democracy advocates for rounded up in simultaneous police raids hong kong democracy activist joshua wong has been arrested are jeff simple senior correspondent for global news and this is china rising episode seven hong kong.
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"Be a good canadian. She says she's been targeted with abuse. Accused of being an agent of the chinese government. Nuff my family members including me. You have any relationship with the communist party of china. I'm not anti china. Amenemhat pro china. I were criticized china's government when they failed in something such as the beginning of the pandemic. But i'm happy to share my experience. China it was not that evil as people imagine here. It has both happy and sad. Memories like we we kinda experiencing any country. Actually most chinese immigrants belong to this category standing in the middle point by the way loss. Otherwise because the media or the public didn't want to hear last year vancouver. Police reported ninety eight anti asian. Hate crimes a seven hundred percent increase. So last march fiona helped to organize an anti asian racism rally in vancouver but further efforts she and others were targeted with online abuse from other members of the chinese community apparently because they'd failed to invite any groups that are openly critical of beijing near four. We might be sent by the chinese government to stir up. Canada through organizing stub asian. Hate ready. I was shocked. I was heartbreaking Trading and agreed. 'cause you know a a silent asian canadians. We need lots of courage to speak up. But this and stigma seriously hurt the chinese community in canada who try to speak up for ourselves. Leo shin is a professor and chinese cultural historian at the university of british columbia. He says many chinese canadians are afraid to share their political beliefs with anyone. Not knowing whether your friends and your neighbors and your acquaintances are monitoring you. We don't know nobody knows. But that's the possibility that he's also. What makes it work. He disagrees with claims that chinese diplomats are quietly pulling the strings behind the scenes but says beijing has shown a keen interest in fiercely controlling the narrative. Both at home and abroad. I don't think the council is giving direct orders but is clearly interested in promoting the story of china and the wider community. Both the chinese communities here and chinese students. They are aware of the interest of the counselor aware of the interest of the chinese government. Anyone who dares to challenge beijing's version risks facing the consequences particularly people who still have family members living in china like anesthesia. Lynn canadian actress and lavina states. Right now We'll past few years. I've been doing a lot of human rights work or on china. The thirty one year old was born in hunan china. Her father was a successful businessman. Her mother a university professor my family. They were in good standing like politically and economically. So they're considering both. My parents were considered the elites of society. Lynn was a good student and from a young age. Her mother encouraged her to become involved in student politics. She was fiercely patriotic leader in the young pioneers. The youth branch of the chinese communist party but after her parents divorced she and her mother emigrated to vancouver when she was thirteen. Let education courses very different and it took me a very long time to learn about the society. So i think that's something that western people who lived in the west. Most of their life sometimes can't really understand is that people moved from authoritarian society into free country. Usually don't just adjust so readily to ideas the freedom that democracy all the process it does take a few years and tape pearson's active research and learning chandler stand society but transition wasn't easy for years during her teens. She would get defensive anytime. Anyone criticized china's communist regime after awhile lynn's mother encouraged her to read canadian and other western newspapers and she came across a story marking the anniversary of hong kong's so-called june fourth incident. That's the day back in nineteen eighty nine. When student protesters took to tiananmen square and the chinese military responded with a brutal bloody crackdown. Any mention of the events of june fourth is strictly censored within china so it was all news to lynn june fourth massacre which event that i had never heard of in china. Ms thirteen years of life and that period of history for the ones who experience at the communist party reaching try to suppress the memory so deep that indignity is sort of bear. But just don't talk about it. An for people like me were born after the seattle massacre which is never heard of this historic event. And so i read. That and i was totally shocked. So i went online and watch more videos issue changed my world you completely and i did more research after that. That research included talking to a crowd of human rights protesters outside the chinese consulate in vancouver. You see them everywhere ash unnoticed because protests happened here so easily people don't appreciate a freedom you can actually gone street and voice your opinion. You know peaceful way without getting killed So i went to talk to you a lot of those people and when to teach meager students..
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"June of that year mass pro. Democracy protests erupted in hong kong. I was sent to the city that summer to report on the story for global news i've covered protests all over the world. But i've never seen anything quite like the demonstrations in hong kong. They dragged on for months at its peak. More than two million people marched through the streets at times. The protests turned violent but for the most part. Demonstrators were remarkably peaceful polite and organized. We'll delve deeper into the situation. Facing hong kong on the next episode of china rising but the protests were sparked by a controversial new law that allows the government to extradite residents of hong kong to face criminal charges in mainland china. Now remember hong kong is supposed to be a semi autonomous city. It was a british territory until nineteen ninety seven when the uk handed over to china but the handover agreement gave the city special status for fifty years that included protections for freedom of speech press and assembly freedoms that are not enjoyed in mainland china critics of the new extradition. Bill worried beijing could use the law to prosecute its political opponents in hong kong and those fears fuelled protests far beyond hong kong's boarders in august two thousand nineteen sherry song helped to organize hong kong pro democracy protests in canada and she gave an interview to a local journalist who was covering the events i was just a regular individual speaking to radio host and regular person who's commenting about my love for hong kong and it was almost an onslaught a wave of online harassment so my twitter was filled with hate and filled with people. I'm calling me names anywhere from democracy playing on democracy of the plan to calling the race. Traitor death wrestle. threats the amount of online violence. Almost immediately after each press interview has made his confirmed by family suspicion. The kind of whispers. I grew up to is the moment you speak out against the party. There will be consequences facing but wong says she mostly shrugged it off. Chalking it up to a bunch of angry online twitter trolls or bought -s until january morning in twenty twenty when the phone rang in her vancouver hotel room and i was very clear indication. Matt i am being threatened. This is a threat to my personal safety. Because of the work that i do and since then i felt various different threats threats death threats that are ongoing but there has been very little action from the law enforcement agencies to help me provide any kind of safety or even a sense of safety. Wong reported the incident police. But says she was told the phrase we're coming for you didn't constitute a clear threat to her safety vancouver. Police told global news it investigated and concluded. No threats were made in a statement a. Police spokesperson said that the hotel had previously been having problems with scammers phoning customers in their rooms. And it's possible. This was another scam. Call wong says complete strangers have since taken photographs of her well in public including once while she was waiting at her local bus stop when she questioned the person she says they took off. Those photographs then appeared online in chat groups on the popular chinese messaging app. We chat along with other personal details. My phone number. My email. My like where i usually show up in my city like my neighborhood. That kind of information was being circulated at these groups to stay in lookout for this The words or race traitor lookout for this race traitor when you see her. In these regions there has been known incidents where activists were beaten on the streets in foreign countries. Their husband disappearances liberal democracies where chinese individuals disappear reappear in china. All of these are real threats. And that's why people aren't willing to speak out. I am scared out of my mind like every day. I am scared out of my mind. Which your sense of where this is coming. It's very complicated. Wong says some of the alleged harassment and intimidation comes from ordinary patriotic members of canada's chinese community guess regular people actually feeling likely to protect the motherland reputation but she also believes she's been targeted by a chinese state-sponsored campaign in may of this year wong and her group allianz canada. Hong kong presented a report to canadian parliament the house of commons committee on canada china relations. It's called in plain sight. Beijing's unrestricted network of foreign influence in canada. The report covers a range of issues and it accuses the chinese communist party of conducting a campaign of surveillance and targeting the chinese diaspora and dissident communities in canada. The c. c. p. has increasingly the sided the overseas communities is a threat to the regime so in some ways we know a lot of these harassment especially some instance where it is very clearly coordinated through consulates through ccp and party and state officials in a statement a spokesperson for the chinese embassy in canada said china has never conducted and we'll never conduct any interference or infiltration against another country calling wong's report errand nonsense cove. Nineteen changed life as we know it. But as the world reopens this moment. Also presents.
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"Lot of what was going. I in vancouver cougars stories and others proved so shocking that in two thousand nineteen. Abc's government appointed a provincial supreme court judge austin colin to launch an inquiry into money laundering in the province. The cullen commission as it's known just wrapped up in april twenty twenty one after hearing testimony from around two hundred witnesses including politicians police officers and gambling officials being quiry also relied on cooper's investigative stories and reporting the title of his book is willful blindness. Why did you. Why did you choose that willful. Blindness is essentially a legal term and basically in my understanding. I wanted to go to law school but didn't do it. But i think i can get this right. It means that people either regulators politicians people with some regulatory authority know that something is occurring. They have a duty to stop it. But for various reasons quite often could be greeter power they turn a blind eye and let it continue and so willful. Blindness didn't just come out of my reading of legal texts. It came from actual documents that they obtained about bc lottery corporation investigations. Where it was written. We should be concerned that the lottery corporation this is the government agency that runs. These casinos will be accused of willful blindness for turning a blind eye to this drug money laundering. It's egregious and beyond that Police police have warned the government that this is occurring it. The drug cash transactions have not been stopped and there are people inside the casinos that are suspected to be working directly with organized crime. Other documents said organized crime has made efforts to take over. Vc casinos this is outright said greed for revenue in bc casinos and really throughout the economy and some ways especially real estate turned a blind eye to this known drug money laundering and the impacts are are just horrific. The colin commission will issue its findings in december. One open question in all of this remains. How does the chinese government. The communist party fit into the equation in the late. Nineteen nineties a joint. Rcmp ceases intelligence report called project concluded that the chinese government and asian criminal gangs were in fact working together in drug smuggling nuclear espionage and other criminal activities that threaten canadian security but at the time. That report was quietly shelved until it was eventually leaked to the globe and mail newspaper in two thousand sparking allegations that ottawa tried to bury the report. So as not to antagonize china at the time the liberal government was trying to encourage more trade deals between the two countries. Some academic and media reports have claimed that beijing occasionally employs triad bosses to work towards shared goals and crackdown on dissent in foreign countries while others condemn those claims as nothing more than unsubstantiated conspiracy theory and they point to chinese president. Xi jinping's massive crackdown on criminal gangs and corruption which was launched in twenty eighteen for his part. Richard fatten the former ceases director whom we met earlier in this episode believes that little happens in xi jinping china without beijing's blessing is organized crime in china controlled entirely by the communist party. I would guess not. But i dare say that. Very little activity that takes place in china that affects their strategic interests. Not you know their everyday interest would be allowed to function at all. So i suspect there's at least some sort of connection between the chinese state in these organizations or if there isn't a connection there is a clear understanding of how far they can go or not go in terms of pursuing their more mercenary insurance and for that reason he and other experts are wary of any secretive organisation with access to extreme wealth and weapons groups like golden touch the chinese government crackdown on the organization a few years ago amid allegations of fraud but it was nonetheless allowed to resume its activities and move its headquarters to canada where it operated under the radar of canadian authorities for years until one of its employees was brutally murdered now more than one year since the death of bo fan in june twenty twenty police say the trail has gone cold rcmp. Sergeant frank jiang says there are no updates no solid leads and little information from members of golden touch. We haven't spoken to a lot of people associated to this group again. Going back to the conjecture. Juries and you know the information coming into our information line the anonymous ones that we can't even follow back on you can tell you can probably sense the frustration in my voice. We we need people to tell us who they are. How they know what they know. And if is in fact true If they believe that there are those in this group that are somehow responsible for both ends murder we need. You need to reach out to us or at least provide a contact number so that we can reach out. Reach back to you right now. We don't have a lot because we haven't spoken to a lot and really There are so many parts of this investigation that is still shrouded in mystery. And we're hoping that there is you know just need one person that can help us pule back. Some of that mystery force on february. Nine twenty twenty one. The director of ceases and a spy agency issued a rare public warning about a covert campaign by the chinese government in canada. These activities are different from the norms of diplomatic activity because it crosses the line by attempting to undermine our democratic processes and threaten our citizens in a covert and clandestine manner will investigate claims that beijing is quietly applying pressure on canadians and their political leaders. And then my father also told me that national security art estate agents came to me and told him that. If i don't stop speaking about politics or humorous related things than my family would be persecuted liking ultra. I think over the course of the last ten or fifteen years. It's become a serious problem. i think. Initially they tried to operate largely with seeing the chinese canadian community. I think they've now broadened out to to deal with anybody they possibly can. I also think they've become more consonant. So they will use whatever that we have to pressure to do what they want you to do. That's next time on china rising. This podcast is written and produced by me. Jeff simple with producer. D level as cast audio. Editing and sound design is by rob johnston editing assistance from stephanie desouza. You can help me share this podcast by telling a friend. And don't forget to rate and review. China rising on apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen you can find me on twitter at jeff simple. Gyn and you can email me at jeff dot sample at global news dot ca. Thanks for listening and.
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"Vaccine candidate in the world but within days of announcing the deal the canadian government learned. There was a hitch. China had blocked the shipments it was supposed to send to canada for the clinical trials initially blaming bureaucratic and paperwork but by august twenty twenty after three months of delays. It became clear. The chinese government had no intention of sending the vaccine to canada though. Beijing denies it. Margaret believes the move was further retaliation for canada's arrest of wa wa mum when joe in december of two thousand eighteen at the request of the united states really one has to conclude that the more engagement. We have china. The more places there are that they can turn the screws and really put us at a disadvantage. Canada waited for its shipment. China was instead sending the can sign biology vaccines to russia saudi arabia and pakistan chinese covid nineteen vaccines have now been shipped to more than eighty countries including a large number of developing nations in eastern europe and latin america gouge included king. A chinese government spokesperson says china is doing its art to positively promote the fair distribution of covid nineteen vaccines across the whole world. Others take a more cynical view. Hello and welcome to this edition of access asia coming up china's vaccine diplomacy is trying to boost the country's image abroad maxine diplomacy as a way to help polish china's image not as a target for criticism of how it handled the pandemic but his savior to lead the world. Out of it. So you can see that they're trying to attract of partnerships in and friendship with those countries trying to punish canada the same time some chinese vaccines have faced criticism for their lower efficacy while chinese state media has responded with criticisms of its own promoting disinformation aimed at undermining trust in western vaccines such as pfizer. Biontech we've seen a lot of evidence from the chinese government. Basically denying that covid came from china blaming the us military we've picked up The chinese basic spreading a falsehoods about a western vaccines that they can't be trusted. Kyle matthews is an expert in online extremism at montreal's concordia university. And he's now part of a team investigating. How covid nineteen conspiracies are spreading. He points to chinese state media articles published online in english blaming the us pfizer vaccine for the deaths of dozens of people in norway. Now there's no mention of how norwegian health authorities investigated and found. No direct link to the injections instead. The article calls for the pfizer vaccine to be suspended for elderly patients where looking at the internet where china's basically saying that you know canada's response to covid shows that the chinese model is better. Democracy doesn't work and also questioning any of the vaccine of vaccines that are approved in canada. Matthews says beijing is using the covid chaos in western democracies as a propaganda opportunity pushing the narrative that the pandemic proved the superiority of its authoritarian model is capable of cracking down on even small outbreaks with tremendous force while suppressing criticisms and disregarding any notion of individual freedoms and beijing's relative success in curtailing. The health crisis is garnering. Plenty of praise from ordinary chinese. Been jiang the calgary father from wuhan whom we met at the beginning of this episode says that last year as canada's covid nineteen case load climbed. He actually considered taking his family. Out of calgary and back to wuhan to be honest with you. Yes we did. We did contemplate on. You know maybe flying back that way Because you know be safer for our kids saver for us. But on her hand. Nino calgary is where our home is. ben says. His friends and family in wuhan didn't just abide by the seventy six day lockdown because they had to but also because they believed in it. I'm not sure. If like we have waited. Takes to to get to the china chinese level. Because i i personally believe that it's because of the the high level of personal engagement that got China to where they are right now race of because everybody buys into the idea they never had any anti mask protests Everybody buys into the idea of personal hygiene social distancing masking and so they were able to to eliminate the the virus in a very short period of time. I think just the way they did. It is pretty pretty amazing when the world's first covid nineteen outbreak struck wuhan in january twenty twenty rattling the country and its government few could have imagined. China would emerge the victor a moral of the story. According to chinese officials china is rising and the pandemic has only accelerated. Its assent coming up later in china rising. We'll explore how the chinese government's handling of the pandemic and questions around covid. Nineteen origin have also revealed a dark underbelly in canada and the united states of hidden hate stomped on spot on murder. All these incidents happening since the beginning of the global covid nineteen pandemic and canada is not immune to the hate. I heard from behind me and shouting china. Japan covid nineteen and anti asian racism. Coming up on china rising. This podcast is written and produced by me. Jeff simple with producers deliver less kes- cameo reserve audio. Editing and sound design is by rob johnston editing assistance from stephanie desouza. You can help me share this podcast by telling a friend. And don't forget to rate and review. China rising on apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen you can find me on twitter at jeff simple g. n. And you can email me at jeff dot sample at global news dot ca. Thanks for listening. And please join me next. Time on china rising. I'm sarah ritchie. I'm a reporter for global news. In halifax i was working the day. Everything changed nova scotia april. My team has spent the last year asking tough questions about how gunmen disguised as a police. Officer murdered twenty two people over thirteen hours on our podcast. Thirteen hours inside. The nova scotia massacre. We examine this tragedy hour by hour. We're learning. There's a lot more to this story. Listen to all thirteen episodes now on apple podcasts. Spotify or wherever you find your favorite podcasts..
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"Protest by an ad on Facebook. But it's highly unlikely that online trolls could trick large numbers of people into voting for a different political candidate. But according to the tally that former troll we met back in Saint Petersburg. The trolls influence should not be underestimated. If an election race is close he says, they could have an impact and the trolls main goal isn't necessarily to promote a particular candidate. But rather to so division in western countries to weaken alliances like NATO that stand up to Russian aggression and to make America and its allies appeared, deeply divided and dysfunctional. So that ordinary Russians will look over and see the western version of democracy as a chaotic mess of failed experiment compared with Putin's Russia. His so called managed democracy, which they see as strong and stable the trolls success in sewing division in the United States is difficult to deny and batali warns Canadians should also be on. Guard ahead of their next federal election in twenty nine thousand nine. Yeah. Melissa gender Indians are afraid of foreign influence the need to double check everything they read online if he sees some data on Facebook. Check it with different sources Canadians need to be vigilant. For curious cast and global news. This is Russia rising an investigative series from me Jeff simple to unravel the mystery.
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"So armed with all of that information. I hopped aboard Moscow subway and hitched a ride to the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin was unavailable. So instead, I met Uris lov Neil off an MP knee love like a lot of Russians, including their president doesn't totally deny that the troll factory was or is a real thing. But he insists they don't know anything about it. Besides what they've read in the press, and that it has no connection whatsoever to the Kremlin Neela also questions, whether even a small army of online trolls could actually influence an election result in a country like the United States or Canada. There's still think that the internet is a place, but the reasons that Trump won the election thing to do with us. You think that when Russia's blame? It is just the establishment trying to offer excuses as to why they have lost. And that raises an even bigger question do posts and advertisements on social media actually have the power to sway someone's political beliefs to change their vote the short answer. Based on the limited research available on that subject is not really they can reinforce or amplify someone's existing beliefs. So if you will already think that police are racist. For example, you're more likely to believe a fake news story about police brutality or being courage to join a.
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"After the terrorist attacks in Brussels in twenty sixteen another Russian troll account called Emily Baldwin wrote Syrian refugees are not welcomed to Toronto hashtag Islam kills. Hashtag, brussels. And there were also plenty of posts on the extreme left. A lot of them very critical of police, for example. After the high profile police shooting death of Toronto teenager. Sammy A-Team one troll account wrote hashtag TPS for Toronto police service back at it again, murdering unarmed racialist youth, hashtag police brutality. Hashtag toronto. Hashtag Salmiya team. They can borrow words that are already existing, but are very fringy and make them see less fringes. And they really are one troll account promoted, the hashtag black lives matter. Well, another said, keep Canada white and Warren says that after the 2016 US election, the number of tweets, actually, rose we saw significant changes in the way that these accounts acted over time. They got sneakier they got harder to identify. They can get a very biased and extreme view of how divided we are. I think that's a big thing. I'm taking away from this that that's what that's what the Russian trolls were trying to accomplish. And I think if you can be aware of that you might be able to protect yourself some extent. And here's why many of us may need to do a better job of protecting ourselves. And for me. This may be one of the most chilling details in this story in a short period of time these accounts run by Russian trolls picked up thousands of real followers, and their posts were re tweeted and mentioned tens of millions of times by other genuine users real people, including many Canadians were liking sharing promoting this Russian troll activity without even knowing..
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"Recently identified thousands of accounts and millions of tweets as coming from the Russian troll factory. Professor Warren had an idea, and we knew that with L listen accounts. We'd be able to to uncover more than anyone really had access to at that point about what these guys are trying to do. And so we sprung into action Warren and his team were able to effectively look back in time. They analyzed three million tweets that came from the trolls accounts, we're able to categorize him into six broad categories of sorts of accounts. Fisher what sort of person was this account pretending to be there were accounts that pretended to be from the gypsum? It local news sources, for example, while others tried to promote various hashtags, but Warren says the largest groups were dubbed the left drills and the right. Trolls left. Hurl accounts or sort of pretending to be folks on the extreme left of the political distribution people who are very upset with the system the way it is many of them strong supporters of black lives matter. But but not just that sort of a very left parts of the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders supporters you'll sign supporters that sort of thing. And then the right troll accounts were sort of the opposite extreme very nationalistic vary pro-trump, very anti immigrant. And so these are these are the biggest set of accounts Warren, directed me to a spreadsheet containing three million troll tweets, and it's searchable. So you can type words like Canada or Justin Trudeau to find and read the tweets that specifically targeted Canadians. I've spent hours combing through the list, and it's funny. Some of the tweets seem totally ordinary. Mundane commenting on Canadian sports results, for example, but the majority of the posts focused on really divisive emotional issues such as Canada US relations and immigration. They would often cite stories of immigrants involved in crime. It seemed like they were just scraping as far as they could to find any examples of immigrants and involved in crime and emphasize those sorts of stories more than two thousand of the trolls tweets specifically mentioned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, including the hashtag Trudeau must go and Trudeau is forced to rethink his open borders policy. A once again as Silom seekers are steadily pouring over the border from the US into Quebec and Canada during a spike in border crossings last year one troll account wrote Canada forced to take drastic action to stop illegals from flooding in..
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"The anti Islam. Protesters waved confederate flags. One more a t shirt that said white power, and they were encouraged by the organizers on Facebook to bring their guns to the rally. The police were called in. There was some local press coverage. Well, it turns out that both protests for and against the Islamic library organized by Russian trolls nine thousand kilometers away and those rallies in Houston. Or just one example of Charles where he wouldn't social media marketing Sakarov says the troll factory organized and funded dozens of political rallies in the US on sensitive issues like immigration religion and race law enforcement separated. Two groups at Stone Mountain the white power rally and the counter protests, both got intense and violent the trolls organized a white power rally and counter protests last summer. Are in Georgia that made national news in the US and was also covered by Russian television of Toronto where proud health show Zuccaro says the troll factory had a budget of more than a million dollars a month paid for by Guinea prog- Osen, a Russian oligarch and close friend of President Putin. He's nicknamed Putin's chef because he started in the restaurant industry and has become one of Russia's wealthiest men. Thanks in large part to business and military contracts. He secured from the Kremlin, so big ocean is a sort of example of what what are called curator's in the Kremlin. That's Dan Treistman, a professor of political science at the university of California and author of the book, the new autocracy, which investigates the inner workings of the Kremlin Treistman says Putin relies heavily on people like prog- Osen who are called curator's. Basically freelancers who. Work outside the official channels of the Russian government. These individuals who are tasked with responsibility for some important sphere of activities, but who don't have any official state position. And therefore if they went into trouble, the Kremlin can denied that this has anything to do with the government. But at the same time Putin expects results from them. And in return, they're paid well or allowed various allowed to continue with various corrupt activities, which very lucrative proposing is one of thirteen Russians named an indictment from Robert Muller and the US department of Justice in connection to the troll factory. But despite the commonly held belief that the trolls main goal was to help elect Donald Trump in two thousand sixteen Sakarov says most of the time they actually promoted both sides of an issue. They were creating ads and posts that were both. Pro Muslim and anti-muslim both for and against gun ownership and both Republican and democrat of Wayne a Nella was to support Trump. I mean, the main a Worcester race ole tensions in American society. But what about Canadian society Zuccaro says the troll factory had a US department and an international department. The targets other countries. He says Canada's close proximity and relationship to the US means Canadians are also targeted albeit on a much smaller scale that Osama tensions between the the in Canada. That's why thousands of tweets that talked about Canadian issues. That's Patrick Warren on an associate professor of economics eh, Clemson university a few years ago. Warren's colleagues at his university in South Carolina developed a tool called the social media listening center. It's base. Basically an archive of posts from social media. So when Twitter.
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"Most of the controversy over Russian trolls has focused on the last US presidential campaign. But it didn't stop there to find out more about what really happened. I caught the train from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to meet with a Russian investigative journalist Andrei Sakarov final special report are we see magazine under as a car of uncovered how the troll factory evolved from writing and posting some fake news stories into a well oiled propaganda machine s we know inventive. Fifty eight focused on the US by twenty fifteen during the lead up to the US election. Sakarov says the trolls online posts mostly on Facebook and Twitter, we're reaching up to fifty million people every week. Most of their posts focused on divisive social issues, and they were doing much more than fueling the debate. Online one day in twenty fifteen the trolls decided to conduct an experiment using free hot dogs as bait. New York City has a lot of traffic, of course, and a lot of traffic cameras, and you can actually watch the video feed from those cameras on the internet in real time. They fall open comer in New York. The trolls advertised on Facebook in the US that hot dogs were being given away for free on a particular street in Manhattan at this time in New York, you can get three hundred. And then they so we that people really come nuts, and they they use sold that at least. I'm they saw that people gave him all these folks. And the trolls realize that if they could trick people into showing up for St. meet what about political protests. On may twenty first twenty sixteen to competing political rallies were held in Houston, Texas for and against the opening of a local law MC library. Both rallies were organized on Facebook. And they happened right across the street from each other..
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"For files without their owners, knowing though the website fatality wrote for was made to look like it was based in Ukraine and his articles mostly focused on the war in that country. But instead of the annexation of Crimea by pro Russian separatists and the Russian military batali was instructed to write about a militia of volunteers who were fighting for freedom against the evil western back to Ukrainian government, and he recalls his manager telling him the most important rule. Shoe told me don't mention Russia. Russia does not participate in this conflict at all. And you can't say otherwise Russian president flat. Amir Putin later admitted that Russian forces had in fact, been deployed to Ukraine, but at the time in two thousand fourteen the Kremlin was still insisting that any Russian troops were merely patriotic volunteers who are in Ukraine on their holidays. Batali says after writing the articles he would then spam the links to the stories all over the internet. So in chat rooms on social media dating websites wherever he could find he admits back, then it was pretty basic work. But that was just the beginning. We were the first one of the pioneers of this work. Now, I can see what they're doing in many other countries now despite his moral objections the tally continued working at the troll factory for about three months. He said his plan was to collect enough information. So that he could publicly expose what was going on there, which he did at first publishing an anonymous article online, but before he resigned his post in November twenty fourteen he said the troll factory had started recruiting English-speaking employee's. They worked in a separate area of the building. He says under tighter security and their job was to produce propaganda targeting western countries, particularly the United States, I humbly and gratefully accept..
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"Do you might expect to meet, but he says that's partially because he had no idea what he was signing up for when he was first hired by the troll factory back in twenty fourteen back. Then he says he was an aspiring young journalist looking for work when he came across an online ad for what he thought was a job at a news website. He says the starting pay was pretty good better than. Average. So he applied and he got a call. Flo. When I went for the job interview. There was tight security at the building. My manager asked me a lot of strange questions like they wanted to know where my family members worked. Provided samples of articles had written about the persecution of Russia's LBJ Q community and about opposition leader Alexia Velnje. Only. But they didn't seem to worried about my politics. Said that I wouldn't be writing those type of articles that I was clearly a good writer, and they offered me this job. But after a couple of days at the office batali realized this was not an ordinary newsroom. He'd actually been hired as a professional internet troll. My job was to write twenty news articles a day full of pro-kremlin propaganda. And then share the articles using fake online account created with name and photos taken from real online.
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"Nondescript apartment buildings and offices, and there's one building year that's four stories tall that has a large for rent sign hanging in the window. And if not for the Russian translator who is accompanying me here, I would never guess that. This was the home of the internet research agency, the official name for the now notorious Russian troll factor. The Kremlin troll is a known thing in Russia. The American and Canadian it's weren't prepared for it. I'm Jeff simple. The Europe bureau chief for global news. And this is Russia rising as a Canadian correspondent based in Europe. I do a lot of reporting on Russia. It's a world superpower, of course, hugely important country. And it's one that's not afraid to throw its weight around on the world stage and Russia is constantly being accused of behaving badly of meddling hacking doping invading neighboring countries, even assassinating former spies, but despite all of that coverage and constant attention. I think Russia is also deeply misunderstood by many people in the western world including Canada. So on this podcast. We'll try to piece together the puzzle separate fact from fiction and unravel the mystery that is Russia with help from those who know her best and on this episode. We're going hunting for trolls not. The kind that live under bridges and carry large clubs. I'm talking about Russian internet trolls credited, these using the internet to manipulate political opinion can Russia, according to one full the Russian internet troll, the United States to like the kind accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Facebook told congress Russian trolls hosted eighty thousand items from January two thousand fifteen this August two thousand seventeen rushing reaching more than twenty million in the United States. In fact, this evening new report about Russia's efforts to stir up racial conflict right now inside the United States. But how do those trolls actually work and come on? Is it really possible for a group of people on the internet to affect an election result in a different country and besides the United States, which we've heard a lot about. I also wanted to know if. Other countries specifically Canada are targeted to. So I came to Saint Petersburg to ask a guy who knows firsthand what these trolls are up to you. See Vitale best ball of used to be one of them. Vitol, Ian, I meet at a park in Saint Petersburg. And we find a bench where we can sit down and chat. He did not want to meet near his house because he said he was worried that we might inadvertently identify the location where he lives and that he could then be targeted for speaking to us about his experience at the troll factory. And it's hard to blame the guy for being worried. We tried reaching out to a few other former professional trolls who used to work at the trophy factory and have since quit and spoken publicly about their experiences, but most of them don't want to talk anymore. They say they've been threatened with criminal charges. Accused of being an American spy, for example, another one we spoke to had a family member fired from their job after he did an interview and batali himself has actually done. Some media interviews before and paid the price. He says he's been threatened with espionage charges and had his reputation smeared by. Stories produced by the Kremlin controlled TV channels in Russia. They accused him of being a drug addict, for example. But despite all of that, he bravely agreed to meet with us and speak to us about his experience. Gave it a lot of fun. But I believe it's important for me to tell my story. No. The TV channels like yours report on exit. Now, I've got to admit batali doesn't exactly look like a Russian troll. I mean, he's a skinny young guy wearing his hat backwards. He's got a stuttered bracelet on his wrist and more than a few tattoos running up. His arm of words written in Russian seraphic when I asked him about the tattoos. He rolls up his sleeve and shows me that he's actually got the face of a Russian opposition leader drawn on his shoulder. So not exactly the pro Kremlin. Propagandist..