C’mon, man: New offices of infamous Russian ‘troll factory’ set on fire in St. Petersburg

C’mon, man: New offices of infamous Russian ‘troll factory’ set on fire in St. Petersburg
Original reputed headquarters of the Russian FSB's Internet troll army, the "Internet Research Center" in St. Petersburg. (Image: Google Street View)

[Ed. – By a Molotov cocktail thrown through the window?  Anime narratives are written better than this.]

The office of Russia’s infamous troll factory believed to be at the vanguard of Russia’s information war has been set on fire in St. Petersburg overnight.

An investigation revealed last year that the secretive troll factory had rebranded itself as a media conglomerate with 16 news websites generating more than 30 million pageviews every month. Its operational hub, a website called FAN (Federal News Agency), is based a stone’s throw from the troll farm’s original location in northern St. Petersburg.

The Fontanka.ru news website cited police as saying that an unknown suspect broke the agency’s ground-floor window and threw a Molotov cocktail inside at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

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