Unknown assailants threw Molotov cocktails in an office building in St. Petersburg known for housing a notorious "troll factory," a paid group of Internet users helping the Kremlin shape public opinion on social networks.
Russian media reported on October 27 that security cameras filmed two masked men throwing at least three Molotov cocktails into the windows of the building the previous day.
No injuries were reported and damage was minimized by an employee of a newspaper whose offices are in the same building.
It's the second time that the building has been targeted by activists. In July, a group of people burned a tire and a Soviet-style jackets outside the entrance to the building. They said they were protesting the online activities of the "trolls" disseminating anti-Ukraine and pro-Kremlin propaganda and disinformation.
The "troll factory" is widely believed to be funded by local businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.
Some activists also believe that Prigozhin's group organized and conducted attacks against several opposition bloggers and activists in St. Petersburg.
Based on reporting by Fontanka, Grani.ru, and Rosbalt