Kremlin-paid internet commenters caught red-handed

Kremlin paid internet commenters

Kremlin paid internet commenters 

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Article by: Vitalii Usenko, Dmytro Usenko

Confirmation that the command operates a network of paid pro-Kremlin commenters appeared on May 31, 2014. Anonymous International exposed the activities of the Russian Internet Research Agency, which feeds itself from Russia’s state budget. The goal of this organization is to create, through comments on the internet, the illusion of support for the Kremlin regime.

Interestingly, the owner of the agency, Eugene Prigozhin, is the founder of the holding company Concord, known as ‘Putin’s chef.’  The company’s direct management includes Maria Kuprashevich, who is known for having taken a job in the liberal media to commit espionage.

It was found that there is a staff of people working with strict accountability to the curators. These staff writers are paid for writing pro-government comments on the internet.

The average salary of such a ‘commenter’ writing ‘politically correct’ posts is from thirty to forty thousand rubles (approx. 1,000 USD). Propaganda warfare is conducted on two fronts, on both the Russian and international internet. Each department has its ‘experts’, on which total spending for the last month amounted to 33 million rubles (1 million USD)

To confirm these facts, it is enough to compare scanned passports discovered through hacking email accounts with real people on social networks. A list of hacked correspondence, as well as some names and details on people, can be found in this publication (in Russian).

Written by:  Dr. Vitalii Usenko, MD, MBA, expert of the Center of Military-Political Studies in the sphere of psychology of communications, and by Dmytro Usenko, student at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Edited by Robin Rohrback, Euromaidan Press


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  • Dirk Smith

    muscovite bloggers. Dime a dozen.

    • Doug Retter

      They throw in the vodka for free.

  • Murf

    Finally Anonymous did something worth while.

    • Doug Retter

      I was thinking the same thing!

  • W8post

    They are in St.Petersburg; what else is new? And here, on Euromaidanpress, they’re always caught by their stupid comments.

    • Doug Retter

      I’m very fond of Euromaidanpress.

  • Mazepa

    As previously reported, these stupid katzapy quickly reveal who they really are – nothing more than the same uneducated mockal fsb that troll these sites as well.
    Smert mockalyam.

    • LorCanada

      Some more info:

      “According to Lvova, each commenter was to write no less than 100 comments a day, while people in the other room were to write four postings a day, which then went to the other employees whose job was to post them on social networks as widely as possible.

      Employees at the company, located at 131 Lakhtinsky Prospekt, were paid 1,180 rubles ($36.50) for a full 8-hour day and received a free lunch, Lvova wrote.”

      • Doug Retter

        Don’t forget the vodka!!!

  • Mazepa

    Indeed. These ignorant, desperate mockal whores are living on a tiny handful of AMERICAN $$$ and 2 bowls of potato soup per day. However, we WILL SQUEEZE the mockal swine like the cockroaches they are…..until every economic sanction takes it’s horrific toll on these dummies. The suffering of the stupid mockali has ONLY just begun.