EU-based Kremlin Trolls' Focus by Hashtag Count
2015 March 29
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This week's featured network of Kremlin Trolls is physically centered in Central Europe. We1 examined this network from a number of angles, including their use of hashtags. These are best understood as foci, rather than as targets, and provide an expression of - among other things - the Kremlin objective of promoting political instability in the West.2 The table below includes the hashtags as they appeared (i.e. not translated or transliterated), and the number of times the hashtag occurred in the sample. The cut-off point for inclusion in this table was 70. The tags largely speak for themselves. In summary:

Focus Count Percent
Ukraine 14869 49.9%
Russia 4705 15.8%
USA 3333 11.2%
EU & NATO 3090 10.4%
Middle East 2812 9.4%
Misc. 971 3.3%
29780 100.0%

And tag by tag counts

Ukraine             Russia             Middle East      
Ukraine 4868       Russia 2139       Syria 507
NAF 1038       Putin 668       ISIS 556
Donetsk 1038       Nemtsov 533       Israel 251
Kiev 652       MH17 470       Iraq 229
Debaltsevo 497       Russian 169       Gaza 186
Novorossiya 445       Russia's 169       Assad 140
Donbass 440       Moscow 143       Iran 127
Debaltseve 380       Россия 123       IS 117
Crimea 317       Russia. 74       Libya 110
ukraine 314       Russland 74       Palestine 98
Ukraine's 301       Russia, 72       الأسد 95
Mariupol 292       Путин 71       ISIL 81
Poroshenko 251       Russia total 4705       Egypt 81
donetsk 223                         Syria'n 79
Ukraine. 217       USA             Netanyahu 78
Ukrainian 217       US 1335       Aleppo 77
DPR 196       USA 400       Middle East total 2812
Odessa 193       CNN 232                  
Novorossia 189       FoxNews 213       Misc.      
Minsk 189       Obama 208       Venezuela 198
DNR 187       Ferguson 192       Cuba 78
Ukraine: 178       MSNBC 192       China 145
Lugansk 172       CIA 145       Japan 82
Maidan 160       tcot 124       gameinsight 100
Украина 158       47Traitors 100       androidgames, 100
Donbas 153       ObamaYankeeGoHome 96       FalseFlag 161
Ukraine, 143       Nuland 96       UN 107
mariupol 113       USA total 3333                  
ATO 108                                    
Kharkov 106       EU & NATO                        
Новороссия 102       EU 570                  
ДНР 97       NATO 497                  
UAF 97       UK 271                  
LPR 95       Germany 236                  
Донецк 89       cdnpoli 184                  
debaltseve 87       svpol 180                  
LNR 86       France 160                  
Zakharchenko 84       auspol 145                  
Донбасс 82       OSCE 139                  
SaveDonbasPeople 82       Greece 125                  
Azov 79       Europe 114                  
SaveDonbasPeoplefromUkrainianArmy 79       Merkel 99                  
SaveDonbassPeople 74       StopNATO 98                  
Ukraine total 14868       IMF 97                  
                  BBC 90                  
                  CharlieHebdo 85                  
                  EU & NATO total 3090                  

  1. Yes, there is more than one éminence grise toiling away to make this site happen. Scary thought, I know.
  2. As opposed, or in addition to, supporting actions closer to home, e.g. the killing of Boris Nemtsov, or the invasion of Ukraine.

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