When Russian diplomacy and social media meet

When I arrived at the Russian ambassador’s residence in London on October 13, I was expecting a pat-down from tough-looking security guards. Or, at the very least, requests for picture ID. Clearly my stereotypical perceptions are a bit out of touch as I experienced none of those when I got there on dark Thursday evening. Just a smiling man in a smart suit at the entrance gate with a printed list of names of those invited and expected, and a hand-wave to proceed into the grounds with a short walk to the entrance into the elegant and historic building. The occasion was what the invitation I received described as a “digital barbecue“: a gathering of “leading British and Russian bloggers […]

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