Russia is trying to stoke racial violence in AmericaPosted by Annie May / May 22, 2019
The same Russians that were behind the 2016 election meddling also discussed how to cause race-based unrest and violence in the years leading up the 2020 election.
Documents obtained by NBC news reveal that Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch linked to the Kremlin and indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for meddling in the 2016 election, plotted to exploit the deepening racial tensions following the election of Donald Trump. Among other things, the documents discuss a plan to send black Americans to Africa for combat training, and then returning the newly trained para-military Americans to the U.S. South where they would unite disaffected black citizens and lead an insurrection.
There are already deep ties between Russia and American white supremacists. For one thing, many white supremacists have adopted Orthodox Christianity, specifically Russian Orthodox Christianity. Many white supremacists are attracted the Church’s narrative of surviving against Muslim invaders. It would not be surprising if that Russian meddlers intentionally stoked that connection in order to continue further manipulate racial tensions.
Russia’s attempts to stoke racial tensions serves as a further reminder that the rules of war have changed. Battles are now waged online, through social media and fake news websites. The only way to fight misinformation is with real information. Keep an eye on the news.