American Foreign Fighter in the Service of the Kremlin
2015 June 23
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First, a great big tip of the hat to @cjcmichel for bringing this gentleman to our attention.

The Texan fighting with Ukraine separatists is named Russell Bentley, and now has a mustache.

— Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) June 22, 2015
The subject is discussed here as well:

My first piece with @POLITICOMag, on Moscow's links to hard-right Texas separatists:

— Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) June 23, 2015

And now, on to the main attraction. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to a gen-u-ine American foreign fighter currently serving with the Russians in eastern Ukraine: Russell Bonner Bentley The Third. Your basic batshit crazy leftwing Texan gone rogue, or rouge. His Facebook account is a thing to behold.

As it turns out, I've a record of Mr. Bentley, dating from February of 2014. The following graph places Bentley in context, which I think is useful in understanding the scope of online activity we now refer to as Kremlin trolls. These are Facebook friend relationships, so all are reciprocal. In addition to context, someone clearly had to provide some assistance to Bentley in his journey from Austin, Texas, to Donbass. This network of people is a good place to start looking for the facilitator.

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And finally, for all the enquiring minds out there, are are the Facebook UIDs for the people you see here, in addition to the label name.

UID Label
100001849198828 Aden Abdullahi
100006339480643 Ana Martinovic
100000880984562 Andre Fomine
100002398444462 Auntie Adjeley
1802885232 Ben Braam
100003786088926 Bert van der Veer
100001766406227 Bill Nicholson
1252531268 Brian Souter
553798503 Christopher Assad
100002828424287 Counter PsyOps
1419273098 Dan Welch
762977924 Dean Clark
1405523498 Don DeBar
1065065956 Elena Former StayHuman
697119429 Eric C. Anderson
100000791361421 Friedrich H. Bedoya
100000564234031 Gérard Montreux
1325023186 Glória Martins
1531405584 Hachem Attasi
100000869689468 Hrvoje Jerbic
100004831171488 Igor Alexeev
100000238308571 Iqbal Gauhar
1231768560 Jagdish Keshav
100001424885909 Johnny Cage
782120601 Joud Khayata
1169311379 Jueri Svjagintsev
501995308 Karl von Baderschneider
100001123663773 Konstantin Scheglikov
1008259189 Leonor Massanet Arbona
100000967365331 Lisa Karpova
1199644341 Manuel Ochsenreiter
1209786887 Marc Fasnacht
555349424 Mark Sleboda
649698772 Metin Gülbahar
100000732008332 Natalia Forcat
668868267 Ogy Ego
775051677 Pepe Escobar
680050907 Peter Lavelle
723364363 Petri Krohn
1551246549 Ramin Khosravi
1320094225 Russell Bonner Bentley III
100002652101623 Sarah Abdallah
521287223 Saurabh Kumar Shahi
1101716581 Sincerae Smith
100000662341639 Teresita Chu
614256588 Ulf Hammarström
618568196 Татьяна Димитриевич

© 2015 Andrew Aaron Weisburd