Right. Social networks were more or less invented and developed by western countries, the USA first of all.
What you describe here is exactly how it is supposed to work.
The five steps just above are exactly what any startup and even any economic venture or corporation is supposed to do.
The Russians are thus doing towards the west what the west is doing all the time towards its own citizens seen as customers and toward the rest of the world, Russia and China included.
In what you report it is clear that the people describing this Russian alleged action are hostile to Russia and show it from beginning to end: the first principle is to prove Russia is the bad guy, though they only do what we do daily and everyday towards the rest of the world and towards the customers of the west.
So aren’t we wasting our time?