[Marxism] Fwd: Salutin' Putin: inside a Russian troll house | World news | The Guardian
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Just after 9pm each day, a long line of workers files out of 55
Savushkina Street, a modern four-storey office complex with a small sign
outside that reads “Business centre”. Having spent 12 hours in the
building, the workers are replaced by another large group, who will work
through the night.
The nondescript building has been identified as the headquarters of
Russia’s “troll army”, where hundreds of paid bloggers work round the
clock to flood Russian internet forums, social networks and the comments
sections of western publications with remarks praising the president,
Vladimir Putin, and raging at the depravity and injustice of the west.
The Guardian spoke to two former employees of the troll enterprise, one
of whom was in a department running fake blogs on the social network
LiveJournal, and one who was part of a team that spammed municipal chat
forums around Russia with pro-Kremlin posts. Both said they were
employed unofficially and paid cash-in-hand.
They painted a picture of a work environment that was humourless and
draconian, with fines for being a few minutes late or not reaching the
required number of posts each day. Trolls worked in rooms of about 20
people, each controlled by three editors, who would check posts and
impose fines if they found the words had been cut and pasted, or were
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