Russian intelligence helped spread propaganda about the US election in 2016, including a movie that falsely claimed President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory.
NBC News is reporting that the Russian government has been responsible for the film, which features Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, and the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC.
NBC’s David Martin reports.
(Published Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021) NBC’s Jonathan Karl reports that Bannon’s movie, “Steve Bannon: The Triumph of American Greatness,” was financed by a group of Russian-born individuals, including the leader of Russia’s propaganda wing, Aleksey Navalny.
The film was shown at the Republican National Convention in July, during which it was criticized by some Republicans.
NBC says that the film’s production company, the Russian National Film Fund, also funded the “Russia and Trump” film festival, and a campaign of Russian propaganda films produced in the U.S. during the 2016 election.
The Russian government also used social media and other media outlets to spread disinformation during the campaign, including fake news stories.
The National Security Council called the Russian films “propaganda” and said they “were used by Russia to influence the 2016 U.K. election, including by spreading false stories about the U-K.
(Published Monday, Nov