….there are three types of accounts promoting Russian perspectives. The first are accounts like RT and Sputnik Mundo that openly acknowledge that they are affiliated with the Russian government.
…Russian propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation have all increased substantially over the last decade. Russian media outlets like RT, Sputnik Mundo, TASS and Voices of Russia are all actively broadcasting in Latin America.
…RT and Sputnik alone can reach nearly the entire region. RT has agreements with about 320 cable providers throughout the region. Its tag line is “question more,” illustrating its intention to challenge western narratives and promote conspiracy theories.
…Sputnik Mundo published a false story claiming that the U.S. was standing up two military bases in Argentina
… RT Actualidad published another false story claiming that the U.S. was establishing a new military base in the Peruvian Amazon.
Fake news sponsored by the Kremlin aims to weaken western sources of information, democratic institutions, and reduce the overall influence of the West.