Kremlin Denies Links to Fake Russian Facebook Accounts

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A spokesman said the Russian government is unaware of suspicious ad purchases: "Please, don't associate us with Facebook stories."

The Kremlin has denied Russia's links to recently discovered Facebook accounts that spread political messages during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

On Thursday, Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, was quoted by Dozhd television network saying that the Kremlin is unaware of purchases of any Facebook ads by Russian users before the U.S. election.

"We have nothing to do with the [U.S.] election," Peskov said. "Please, don't associate us with Facebook stories."

On Wednesday, Facebook said that about $100,000 was spent on ads leading to fake accounts probably run from Russia during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Russia has vehemently denied any meddling with the U.S. presidential election.

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