Russia steps up propaganda push with online ‘Kremlin trolls’

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as “Kremlin trolls,” the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin’s world vision on Russia, and the world.

The Kremlin has always dabbled in propaganda, but in the past year its troll campaign has gone into overdrive, adding hundreds of online operatives to help counter Western pressure over its role in the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

The program is drawing Serbia away from its proclaimed EU membership path and closer to the Russian orbit, and is targeting Germany, the United States and other Western powers…

And don’t miss this: Putin’s Angels: How Russia’s Night Wolves biker gang spread Kremlin’s gospel with fists and bullets

putin-russia-bikers-20150529-123008-877Vladimir Putin rides with Alexander Zaldostanov, leader of Nochniye Volki (the Night Wolves) biker group.

  • G

    I know this may make me unpopular but I really haven’t got a problem with Putin and his actions. In fact I respect him and admire him.

    He is the leader of Russia. He is aggressively looking out for the interests of the Russian people. He thinks, “if you can stop me then try. If you can’t stop me then I am not obligated to consider you in the slightest”.

    His attitude is refreshingly honest and courageous and completely opposite of all of the leaders in Europe and North America.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Can one of the Mods give me an IP origin check on “G’s” post?

      • DD_Austin

        I suspect this is the point of origin

      • He’s in Canada.

        We do have a small but vibrant Putin fan club here at BCF.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Putin, defender of the faith and protector of western civilization.
          Thanks, got it!
          I just wish people in the west would realize that Russians (contrary to their own claims) are nothing akin to “just like us”, but are in fact closer to ‘Mexico with White People’.
          In any event, have fun with it.

      • G

        No, I’m in Canada.

        I’m the same G that posts here on other matters.
        I realize that many people here disagree with me about Putin. That’s fine. I don’t mind. I think that Putin, for all his faults, isn’t a coward or P.C. wuss like so many European leaders or the American president or the the leaders of most of Canada’s political parties.

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          You should join the Canadian Action party. If you want real nationalism in Canada then perhaps you should check the party out. At least, it would be for a Canada that is ran for Canadians rather than the corporations. No wonder Russian debt is near zero. The same with China. The same with Iran. BRICS understands wealth. The West only knows debt and using it to win elections and you could say based on these debt-based Western nations that they are pro-usury.

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          Putin is a nationalist and has made Russia strong again. Russians don’t want to be ruled by US puppets.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      We are also being played and this is sort of a neo-McCathyism. Of course, what is their excuse going to be now? I mean there is no Soviet Union or Red China. They are not communist anymore, but rather state capitalist meaning for some variants of socialism, nationalism and capitalism. So how are they going to spin that boogeyman at us?! Here is the link to the RT video about neo-McCathyism:

    • El Martyachi

      Truth be told I’d knock your fucking teeth out if you said it to my face.

    • Thanks G, but only the prettiest young girls get to give me blowjobs.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Is Putin still riding his American-made Harley?

    • Frau Katze

      I think so.

    • Dana Garcia

      3-wheeled trike bike seems kind of wimpy.

  • UCSPanther

    Russia: The more things change, the more they remain the same.