Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:19 AM
arely staircase (11,094 posts)
Russia's Troll Army
massive propaganda campaign the Kremlin has unleashed since the Ukrainian crisis exploded in February. Russian state TV endlessly asserts that Kiev's interim government is under the thumb of "fascists" and "neo-Nazis" intent on oppressing Russian-speaking Ukrainians and exerts a mesmerizing hold on many in the country's southeast, where the channels are popular. Ukraine has responded by banning all Russian state channels, barring entry to most Russian journalists, and treats some of the more obviously pro-rebel Russian reporters as enemy combatants.The trolling project's finances are appropriately lavish for its considerable scale. A budget for April 2014, its first month, lists costs for 25 employees and expenses that together total over $75,000. The Internet Research Agency itself, founded last summer, now employs over 600 people and, if spending levels from December 2013 to April continue, is set to budget for over $10 million in 2014, according to the documents. Half of its budget is earmarked to be paid in cash.
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Tue Jun 3, 2014, 05:31 AM
djean111 (5,733 posts)
1. I think of lobbyists as troll armies.
$10 million is chump change, compared to, say, Monsanto.
Not a fan of Russia, but troll armies infest the world these days.
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Tue Jun 3, 2014, 09:14 PM
Cha (158,314 posts)
4. I just saw this.. I haven't seen the photo used in the graphic but evidently it's being used as
Euromaidan PR @EuromaidanPR
Russian propagandists are using a pic from #TiananmenSquare uprising in 1989 to claim itís #Donbas | EMPR #StopPutin
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