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Newsline: Russia’s Embassy In US Stepped Up Its Troll Game

Russia’s embassy in the US trolled US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet Monday, comparing Russia’s bombing campaign in the Chechen capital of Grozny 16 years ago to its scorched-earth offensive on Syria’s Aleppo today. The embassy’s Twitter account is notoriously provocative. But the deliberate comparison of Russia’s razing of Grozny to suppress Chechen separatists — which left the city completely decimated by February 2000 — to its relentless bombing raids in Aleppo today was surprisingly candid. Those who have watched the Russia-backed government offensive on Aleppo play out over the past month have made the comparison, too — but not optimistically, like the Russian embassy did.



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