After Shooting of Russian Ambassador, Internet Trolls Have One Message: ‘Franz Ferdinand’

Just hours after the shooting of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov on Monday, before his death was confirmed to the press, social media networks in the U.S. and Europe lit up with echoing references to “Franz Ferdinand,” the Austrian archduke whose assassination sparked the beginning of World War I. The trend showed all the signs of being a coordinated social media campaign to support a simple narrative in advance of today’s summit between the defense and foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, and Iran in Moscow to discuss next steps in Syria.

Putin’s Sinister Role in the Failed Turkish Coup

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square

One group that stands to gain significantly from Erdogan’s “purges” are the local proponents of Eurasianist thinking. In the days leading up to the attempted coup, Alexandr Dugin—the Russian ideologue who is the father of the modern “Eurasian Movement” and a favorite Kremlin harbinger of conflict and annexation—was sitting in Ankara, alternatively visiting with leading Turkish Eurasianists and close allies of President Erdogan.

Estonian Report Details Russia’s ‘Hybrid Threat’ to Europe

A new report by the Estonian Internal Security Service emphasizes the danger a resurgent Russia and a weakening European Union poses to stability and democracy in the region, highlighting Russian propaganda efforts in recent years. The service, known in Estonia as Kaitsepolitseiamet or “Kapo,” produces an Annual Review summarizing trends and internal threats to Estonia. The 2015 …