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Feb 6, 2018

Why is Jim Molan retweeting a Russian propaganda account?

As a former soldier, Senator Jim Molan ought to know better than to share Russian propaganda.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

You'd think an old soldier like Jim Molan -- the Steven Bradbury of the Senate -- would retain some Cold War-era wariness of Russia and its implacable hostility to the West. But it turns out that his enthusiasm for retweeting the fake (and racist) claims of extreme-right groups extends to disseminating the work of a Russian-controlled fake news site.

As Crikey contributor Irfan Yusuf has pointed out, last year Molan shared a number of tweets from "Voice of Europe", a far-right fake news site controlled by Russia that, apart from disseminating racist attacks on Muslims, has been active in supporting Catalonian separatism.

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