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Georgia, Russia: Political Spam

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Eastern & Central Europe, Georgia, Russia, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, International Relations, Media & Journalism, Politics, Technology, War & Conflict

Tbilisi-based LJ user shupaka (Diana Petriashvili) has been getting lots of political spam on her ICQ account and a Russian social networking site she's a member of. Here's the most common sample [1], in English: “Your channels, newspapers and the Internet-sites lie, each word is a lie. Georgia acts as instructied by Bush … it is politics! Do not believe, what you hear … The picture you see on your channels is true, but the comments to it are opposite. Russia is trying to help us … Georgians are shooting at us … Our brothers and sisters are there under ruins, in basements, in woods … If you want to know the truth about the war come to our sites of central TV-channels. www.1tv.ru or www.vesti.ru Thank You.”