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‘Handsome Daddy Putin’ Bug Spreads on China’s Internet

An individual posing as a Russian soldier on a Chinese social media platform has been propagating fake stories to promote pro-Kremlin and anti-American narratives, according to the South China Morning Post.

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The account, named “Pavel Korchati,” operated on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, and fabricated stories involving Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.

The user’s flawless Chinese pronunciation and usage of IP addresses from within China raised suspicions about the account’s authenticity.

The “Pavel Korchati” account aimed to incite anti-American sentiment and promote a Moscow-Beijing alliance by creating fictitious stories and interactions.

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This incident highlights concerns about the influence of Russian propaganda in China and its impact on public perception.

The episode also reflects the intertwined information space shared between Beijing and Moscow, where both governments appear to lean towards a pro-Russia stance.

China has provided nonlethal assistance to Russia in its war efforts and echoes Russian narratives about the conflict, aligning itself with Moscow’s rhetoric.

The increasing alignment between China and Russia in the communication space has raised concerns about the spread of disinformation and propaganda, creating challenges for efforts to combat misleading narratives and misinformation.

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