It's not just presidential elections that Russian internet 'trolls' have been accused of taking sides in.
Republican Party officials in the US have also accused Russian government troll factories, run by its Internet Research Agency, of taking sides in environmental disputes in a bid to help undermine the US oil industry.
According to a report released by Republican Party officials, Russian trolls have been behind a wave of support on social media for environmental activist groups, bidding to stop new pipelines and other energy developments in the US.
And not out of concern for the environment, but in a bid to destabilise the US energy sector, now that the US is the world's biggest producer of oil, thanks to hydraulic fracturing techniques deployed on shale rock formations.
Russia's policy interest is in curbing oil and gas projects taking place in the US, while also sowing division.
The Party research report identified 9,100 posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that, they claim, were posted by Russian trolls between 2015 and 2017.
Russia's Internet Research Agency, which coordinates Russia's online trolling activities, was investigated by US officials in February.
They have accused it of posting targeted advertisements on Facebook in a bid to sway the 2016 presidential election. The Russian government has continued to deny any involvement, which comes just before Russians go to the polls to re-elect President Putin.
US officials claim that the Russian trolls used Facebook and Instagram and were particularly active in the campaign against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
According to Reuters, the report claimed that information from Twitter indicated that more than four per cent of all tweets by the Internet Research Agency were related to energy or environmental issues, while eight per cent of its tweets were about the US elections.
Republican politician Lamar Smith, who leads the US House of Representatives Science Committee, said the Russians are targeting the US energy market because booming output in recent years has cut the global price of oil and gas, slashing the earnings of Russia's own oil and gas industry.
The US is also exporting more oil to Europe and in 2016 the bar on exporting domestically produced gas was lifted, enabling US suppliers to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe, which has traditionally been dependent on Russia as its main gas supplier.
"The American people deserve to know if what they see on social media is the creation of a foreign power seeking to undermine our domestic energy policy," Smith said.
Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson, who is also on the committee, added: "To ignore known meddling in the very foundation of our democracy while focusing solely on Russia's influence on the US energy market, a market that is currently booming, seems irresponsible at best."
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