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By Naira Davlashyan And Angela Charlton The Associated Press

Russian bots, trolls test waters ahead of US midterms

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The sponsors of the Russian “troll factory” that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the U.S. midterm election in November. A Russian oligarch has links to Maryland’s election services. Russian bots and trolls are deploying increasingly sophisticated, targeted tools.