Russian spies take over New York Times website

An unusual ad greets visitors to The New York Times homepage Wednesday morning: Headlines with Cyrillic text descend from the top of the page, then jumble into Cold War-era “news” in English:

It is, of course, an ad for the FX show “The Americans,” which returns tonight.

“The Americans” used a similar-style ad last year, Times spokesperson Linda Zebian tells Poynter in an email. And an ad promoting the National Geographic show “Killing Lincoln” went back farther than the ’80s, using a Times front from 1865.

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  • Howard Witt

    Hate to spoil the fun (I am a big fan of The Americans), but my rusty memory of Russian tells me that “Cyrillic text” does not appear to be actual Russian; maybe it’s Ukrainian or Bulgarian or something. Moreover, it seems to be gibberish, with a lot of consonants and scarcely any vowels. Jes sayin’.