Russia's Internet Research Agency created a campaign titled "Don't Shoot Us" which created a platform that appeared to be in line with the Black Lives Matter Movement.
How good are your Pokémon Go photography skills? First reported by CNN, their Facebook page was one of the almost 500 accounts that were terminated after their Russian links were exposed. CNN's report includes a screenshot from a Tumblr page with the contest rules, which shows an image of a Pokémon that's been named Eric Garner, the African-American man whose 2014 death after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City Police Department officer was caught on film.
Russian Federation used Pokémon Go and social media platforms to try and influence the 2016 presidential election.
The campaign posted on its Tumblr page to urge users to play Pokémon Go as part of a contest.
A group linked to Russian Federation allegedly used Pokemon Go to stir up trouble previous year in the United States.
CNN claims that the group encouraged players to name their Pokemon after victims of police brutality and then place that Pokemon in a gym near where the incident occurred. This "contest" required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game.
Given the lack of evidence surrounding any ties to Russians, and the fact that CNN was unable to get verification from Tumblr about who actually operates the page, it's safe to say that the news regarding Russians having ties to Pokemon Go should be wholly disregarded until more reputable reports with irrefutable evidence is presented. The Instagram and Twitter account of the campaign have also been suspended, but the group's YouTube channel and website remain active.