Nemtsov couldn't finish the document, titled "Putin. War." but a group comprised of anti-Putin opposition journalists, economists and political figures published his work posthumously.
— Damon M. Wilson (@DamonMacWilson) May 12, 2015
The explosion on Twitter coincided with the release of Nemtsov's report. The Atlantic Council, a US-based think tank in the field of international relations, will feature the report for the first time in English, under the title "Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin's War in Ukraine" on May 28 in Washington, DC. The Atlantic Council openly encouraged everyone to share the hashtag #PutinAtWar.
— AtlanticCouncil (@AtlanticCouncil) May 12, 2015
And suddenly, a number of Twitter accounts (@DamonMacWilson, @ElliotHiggins and @Newcaster_EN just to name a few), began to flood social media with a non-stop barrage of tweets, promoting the report, allegedly written by Nemtsov.
— Newcaster_EN (@Newcaster_EN) March 1, 2015
Interestingly, the account @Newcaster_EN was virtually inactive, with its last tweet made on March 1, until it suddenly started spewing tweets again last night. Although the account @ElliotHiggins has been active, it hardly featured information about eastern Ukraine, choosing to focus on the UK general elections, Islamic State's activity in Syria and the abuse of human rights elsewhere in the Middle East.
So far, the hashtag #PutinAtWar has already been tweeted almost 1,500 times in less than 24 hours.
In this day and age, when an information war between the West and Russia is far more likely than an actual military confrontation, it appears that the Atlantic Council, or whoever was behind the creation of the hashtag #PutinAtWar, definitely knows how to work the social media machine to carry out an anti-Russian agenda.