Effort to Expose Russia’s ‘Troll Army’ Draws Vicious Retaliation

HELSINKI, Finland — Seeking to shine some light into the dark world of Internet trolls, a journalist with Finland’s national broadcaster asked members of her audience to share their experience of encounters with Russia’s “troll army,” a raucous and often venomous force of online agitators.

The response was overwhelming, though not in the direction that the journalist, Jessikka Aro, had hoped.

  • Exile1981

    We have a few of those on here.

  • andycanuck

    I’m sure Vladamir Putin will end this when he hears about it especially if he comments on this thread.

  • andycanuck

    I just wonder who is paying the online legion of anti-Trump trolls?

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  • WhiteRabbit3

    Whenever a commentable article that is critical of Russia or China appears in The Guardian, a hoard of PutinBots or XiBots appear to make ludicrous defenses of these regimes. It’s pretty obvious what is happening.

  • G

    “Ms. Aro, who was awarded the Finnish Grand Prize for Journalism”

    Oooooo what an “honor”. As we all know journalists hardly ever get awards. /sarc off

    FFS! That’s all journalists do is give themselves awards! All you ever hear is “Award winning journalist Joe Blow did (whatever)” Are there any NON award winning journalists?

    A Finnish journalist getting an award. That’s almost as impressive as a Swedish army medal of bravery.

  • Two years ago one of the commenters here declared me a “paid Russian plant” for saying that the latest “revolution” in Ukraine will bring to power a government that is just as corrupt as the previous one (and that’s what happened). My opinion that most of this NYT article is B.S. may cause the same reaction. Of course, there are Russian trolls, but they are not as efficient in destroying Europe as the West European “intellectual elites”. Take this paragraph, for example, it “defines” the trolls:

    “I don’t know if these people are acting on orders from
    Russia, but they are clearly what Lenin called ‘useful idiots,’”
    said Mika Pettersson, the editor of Finland’s national news agency
    and an organizer of the editors’ open letter. “They are playing
    into Putin’s pocket. Nationalist movements in Finland and other
    European countries want to destabilize the European Union and NATO,
    and this goes straight into Putin’s narrative. ”

    Trolls are not idiots. The worst you can say about them is that they are paid propaganda workers. Petterssson, on the other hand, is a classic case of a “useful idiot”. Trashing the grass-root nationalist movements that try to stop the Muslim hordes is what plays into Putin’s pocket. If Putin triples his troll army, it still won’t be able to cause the damage done by the cover up of the Cologne rapes. And the events were suppressed by people like Pettersson and the “progressive” governments in the name of multiculturalism.

    Not many remember that in 1939 tiny Finland was the only country, which confronted Stalin’s aggression and won. Today Finnish parents don’t have problems with Muslim pedophiles molesting their little girls:


    If Putin ever attacks, Finland may not have any men left to fight him.