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Suspected Russian Plot Used Political Cartoons to Influence US Voters

Social media activity detected by Graphika Inc. tied the effort to people involved with Russia’s IRA. 

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Yevgeny Prigozhin seen after the sixth meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council in 2017. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Yevgeny Prigozhin seen after the sixth meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council in 2017. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

Photographer: Mikhail Metzel/TASS

Social media users tied to Russia are using political cartoons to try to influence the outcome of tight electoral races ahead of the US midterms, according to research provided exclusively to Bloomberg News. 

Members of a Russian group accused of meddling in prior US elections have pushed internet memes that promote right-wing conspiracy theories in a way that aims to undermine support for Democratic political candidates, according to the social media analysis firm Graphika Inc.