The Trolls Who Came In From The Cold

ST. PETERSBURG — Last May, Tatiana N decided she wanted a higher salary than the average journalist can expect.

After responding to an advertisement in the popular HeadHunter job-search website, she became a Kremlin-paid Internet troll. Tatiana — who, like others interviewed for this story, asked that her last name not be used — worked out of a 2,500-square-meter warehouse in the suburbs of St. Petersburg.

The job paid 40,000 rubles a month, significantly more than the 25,000-30,000 most journalists make. But it came, she said, “with pain.”

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  • I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    • I bet it was over zealous underlings acting without your knowledge.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        No matter what, it will not be connected with Putin, even if he gave the order.

        In addition to outright “trolls” I believe that have atleast a couple of more layers in the form of “sleepers” that pose as high-credibility bloggers and forum regulars on “things Russian”. Who DON’T normally comment on Putin at all, but will a couple of times a year, and SHOCKER, they perfectly repeat the Kremlin line, make a lot of noise doing so, and then go dormant on their Putin cheering for a while.
        They also enlist the help of supposed non-Russians, usually saying that they are Europeans, that they also have a mildly combative on-line relationship with, who then immediately post in agreement with them.
        I noticed that pattern right after the assassination.

        As a test, in those specific threads, I posted some really inflammatory anti-Putin rhetoric and they just went riotous, as if I was getting them in trouble at their “jobs”. Now I know they might have been!

        When it comes to such matters, just remember, you never know whom you are really dealing with on-line.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Said the Liberal Party of Canada.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        It was amazing to me how many liberals there were on blogs and comment sections during the last election.
        And so many of them disappeared the day after.
        All the while they were accusing us of being paid shills.
        We’re still here.

    • Exile1981

      Should we call you Tatiana now?

  • WhiteRabbit3

    Anyone who comments in The Guardian can’t fail to notice that whenever there’s an opinion piece on Putin, his supporters post in droves. It is quite obvious what is happening.

  • simus1

    Resembles the feminist drones, marxist “team leaders”, as also found anywhere in the west.
    Except their pay is better.