In a story seemingly pulled right out of a modern espionage novel, the FBI has apparently been paying to run targeted ads on Facebook aimed specifically at Russian speakers that live and work in Washington D.C. The ads feature Russian language captions and a link that refers the user to a website that offers details about the FBI’s counter-intelligence team and includes an address to the FBI’s local field office along with encouragement to “visit us in person.”
The ads themselves appear to be aimed at younger Russians who may not actually work for Russian intelligence gathering agencies, but have knowledge of their behavior none the less. One ad shows a young woman attending her graduation alongside adults that seem to be her parents, along with a Russian caption that reads, “For your future, for the future of your family.” Another ad shows a chess board with a king lined up across from rows of pawns, along with a caption that reads, “Isn’t it time for you to make your move?”
CNN first noticed the D.C.-specific, Russian language ads and reached out to the FBI for comment.