Sputnik and Russia Today
Sputnik does not publish much about the Presidential Elections. On the contrary, Russia Today does it with some success because 145,017 people were reached by its publications. This figure is yet to be put in perspective because less than 15 000 people had interactions with both the Russian media outlets.
Russian propaganda representatives
Russian propaganda representatives gather around François Fillon, Marine Le Pen and François Asselineau (conspiracy, Frexit support) communities. It is interesting to note that, despite his support to the Russian foreign policy, far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon community is totally missing here.
Around 90 % of the people interacting with these media are doing it under a nickname, which underlines serious interrogations about their real identity.
Russia Today and Sputnik do not replace other media
« Western » media are still shared a lot by the most active accounts identified, at least for Mr Fillon et Mr Asselineau communities. Regarding Mrs Le Pen, her supporters seem to almost only follow with « Eastern » media.
A shared enemy : Emmanuel Macron
These 3 communities clearly share the same goal: to drive negative propaganda towards Mr Macron. « Macron » is the most tweeted word in their publications and all the main stories propagated are negative articles about him. The only difference that can be identified lies in the candidate each community is supporting.