Re: Where's the substance?
"Still not entirely sure why Mr Putin from Moscow buying ads is more sensitive than Mr Redneck from Texas if both are declared."
Well firstly, Putin has banned foreign NGO's from even working in Russia, never mind 'advertising' there. Secondly, those behind the ads didn't declare who they were and apparently obfuscated their identity on purpose. Thirdly, allegedly these adverts tried to spread false, racist and divisive information.
I have no problem with free speech when it is conducted within the law.
If this was Mr/Mrs Redneck with a US IP address, they can be tracked down and charged under the law. Not so easy if Mr/Mrs Redneski is in St. Petersburg.