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Putin trolls receive 20 million rubles to destabilize Peace March

Putin trolls receive 20 million rubles to destabilize Peace March
Article by: Yuriy Shulipa FB
Translated by: Christine Chraibi

“Colorado beetles” and trolls getting ready for Internet action on the eve of the Peace March!

Today I talked with some friends from the Russian Presidential Administration. They gave me exclusive information about a closed meeting of the Security Council where Putin personally ordered the pseudo-pro-Kremlin offices to allocate 20,000,000 (twenty million) rubles JUST to troll the Peace March in support of Ukraine. That’s why “Colorado beetles” and other internet riffraff are currently intensifying their activities on social networks. Their goal is to spread all sorts of nonsense and create endless information chaos in order to distract people’s attention and discredit this voluntary anti-fascist event.

20,000,000 rubles is quite a large amount that can be used to hire more than 100,000 (one hundred thousand) disinformation “warriors”. However, it won’t mobilize even a couple of thousand trolls on the Russian segment of the Internet or on foreign platforms.

I think that, as usual, the movers and shakers of pro-Kremlin offices “have thrown” some meager tidbits to about 2000 trolls and split the remaining loot stupidly between themselves and their managers and donors.

This is how corruption wins the war in Russia.

But, such phenomenal victories, as usual, cause ordinary taxpayers, ordinary Russian citizens, to suffer.

This means that taxpayers’ money intended for internet trolls and their managers is one type of sanction used against ordinary Russians.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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