But that unity, thanks largely to the fallout from the conspiracy theories advanced by Russian trolls, soon became frayed.
Altogether, 111,486 tweets about MH17 were posted by the IRA in just three days, from July 17 through 19.
According to the two journalists: “Never before or after did the trolls tweet so much in such a short period of time.”.
But the blame was quickly switched to Kiev, with the hashtag “Poroshenko [the Ukrainian president] we want an answer!”.
After Timofeeva shared her story on Twitter, it was retweeted by trolls close to a hundred times within six minutes.
But whatever the Russians might eventually concede—and it won’t be much—conspiracy theories in the Netherlands will continue to be part of the MH17 narrative. »