March 29, 2015 5:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]All that great stuff about Vladimir Putin isn’t just American conservatives pining for an American leader just like him.

…Putin pays a secret army of social-media “trolls” to spread fake, glowing posts about him throughout the Internet, former workers have revealed.

“You write, write, write from the point of view of anyone,” one of the roughly 400 pro-Putin propagandists told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

“You could be posing as a housewife who bakes dumplings and suddenly decides, ‘I have an opinion about what Putin said!’ ” explained the ex-staffer, identified only as “Tatiana, 22.”

For a salary of roughly $700 a month, the workers spend 12-hour shifts at computers in a St. Petersburg “troll factory,” blogging and posting comments under aliases.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Putin Pays Secret Army Of Internet Trolls

  1. nola878 March 29th, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Putin Riding Everything Shirtless Compilation

    • bluejayray March 29th, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Absolutely priceless! I loved the dolphins.

  2. katkelly57 March 29th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I’d like to supplement my income…Comrade Vlady, call me @1-800-I Lie 4 U.

  3. raypc800 March 29th, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Well you know jobs for RWNJ’s are hard to find and they love Putin so….

  4. bluejayray March 29th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    The NRA has been doing this for years now. They only pay 5 cents per post though…

    • Guy Lauten March 29th, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Roger Ailes pays 15 cents per!

      • bluejayray March 30th, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Wow! I’ve seen some trolls that must be making a good living at that rate!

  5. fancypants March 29th, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    putin sure knows how to keep the respect he deserves
    trespassing ( Russia ) will not be tolerated !

  6. Guy Lauten March 29th, 2015 at 6:07 pm


  7. jstsmlbrlcnsrvtvguy March 29th, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    (no longer secret) armies of internet trolls

    how this stuff (and internet freedom/neutrality generally) shakes out seems like one of the most incredibly important issues of our day… and our future. Here’s hoping…

  8. fahvel March 30th, 2015 at 4:46 am

    and nothing even close to that ever happens in the usa, right?