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How Russian trolls helped keep The Women's March out of lockstep

By Ellen Barry

18 Sep 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

A gripping New York Times report reveals how a Russian disinformation campaign set out to undermine a feminist movement in the U.S.—part of a long Russian practice of exploiting social divisions.

Linda Sarsour awoke Jan. 23, 2017, logged onto the internet and felt sick.

The weekend before, she had stood in Washington at the head of the Women’s March, a mobilization against President Donald Trump that surpassed all expectations. Crowds had begun forming before dawn, and by the time she climbed up onto the stage, they extended farther than the eye could see.

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