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Internet Troll Operation Uncovered in St. Petersburg [Russia]
The St. Petersburg Times Issue #1778 (37) ^ | Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Sergey Chernov

Posted on 05/05/2014 8:00:12 AM PDT by WhiskeyX

Local reporters have infiltrated a covert organization that hired young people as “Internet operators” near St. Petersburg and discovered that the employees are being paid to write pro-Kremlin postings and comments on the Internet, smearing opposition leader Alexei Navalny and U.S. politics and culture.

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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at sptimes.ru ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Russia
KEYWORDS: floridaping; internet; internettrolls; propaganda; russia; trollingastroturf; trolls; ukraine
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1 posted on 05/05/2014 8:00:12 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

Kinda like the White House, huh?


2 posted on 05/05/2014 8:01:32 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: WhiskeyX

I had to check to see if that was Russia or America. Both have a St. Petersburg and both countries are run by socialists who will hire people to create a groundswell that really doesn’t exist.


3 posted on 05/05/2014 8:03:32 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Every time you say no to a liberal, you make the Baby Barack cry.)
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To: WhiskeyX

Paid out of White House slush fund.


4 posted on 05/05/2014 8:03:46 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: facedown

White House trolls get paid better.


5 posted on 05/05/2014 8:03:50 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: facedown

Democrat war rooms have been doing this since the Clintons. Maybe the Times can talk to George Stephanopoulos or FOX could talk to Joe Trippi...


6 posted on 05/05/2014 8:04:37 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Are we finally going to get a smidgen of truth? - - Freeper Veto!)
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To: WhiskeyX

I thought this was about an Organizing for Action chapter in Florida.


7 posted on 05/05/2014 8:05:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: WhiskeyX

I wonder how many are posting here?


8 posted on 05/05/2014 8:06:05 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: WhiskeyX

We have many dozens here.


9 posted on 05/05/2014 8:06:05 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: WhiskeyX
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.

What can I say? Guilty as charged. It's hard to turn down boiled potatoes and cabbage.

10 posted on 05/05/2014 8:06:09 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: WhiskeyX

11 posted on 05/05/2014 8:06:28 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
We have many dozens here.

Yes. Imagine that. People on Free Republic posting in opposition to the Obama-backed coup.

12 posted on 05/05/2014 8:07:40 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: WhiskeyX

I have seen some of their “work” in article comments. Usually, if you ask them how much they are getting paid, they finally stop their silly posts, and probably move to another article or change user names.


13 posted on 05/05/2014 8:09:39 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: facedown

Probably closer to being one and them same than you know.


14 posted on 05/05/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Drew68

I’m speaking of the Putin B*tt Boy Brigade, who, without so much as a caveat, back Putin to the hilt.

You’ve seen them. Puti is the second coming.


15 posted on 05/05/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: WhiskeyX
Internet Troll Operation Uncovered in St. Petersburg

Uh oh, the Socialist DemoRat MSM machine is finished now.

16 posted on 05/05/2014 8:25:00 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: WhiskeyX
I have this mental image of Vlad smiling really big and asking "...Проблема?"
17 posted on 05/05/2014 8:25:35 AM PDT by RichInOC ("It's good to be tsar.")
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To: facedown
"Kinda like the White House, huh?"

except this was published in a major nation paper in Russia.

You think the WaPo or NYT would publish something like that on Obama?

18 posted on 05/05/2014 8:29:29 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Constitution Day
I wonder how many are posting here?

Slightly off topic - - but years ago I heard of a sting operation where every person involved was undercover. Something like four or five organizations and not ONE real perp. Luckily one of the police officers had been around enough to recognize several people from different groups. Not saying that applies here - but I'm pretty sure we've had some paid professionals from time to time.

19 posted on 05/05/2014 8:29:51 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Are we finally going to get a smidgen of truth? - - Freeper Veto!)
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To: FreeAtlanta; WhiskeyX
Interestingly I have been challenged on this forum several times with folks accusing me of being a paid operative, communist, traitor etc.

After over 15yrs here you kinda get used to it.

But I also tend to think those who undertake the most aggressive personal attacks are those who are, in fact, the paid operatives.

20 posted on 05/05/2014 8:32:56 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Drew68
Yes. Imagine that. People on Free Republic posting in opposition to the Obama-backed coup.

Stunning isn't it ?
21 posted on 05/05/2014 8:36:27 AM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Drew68

22 posted on 05/05/2014 8:51:22 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Mariner

~”Kinda like the White House, huh?”
except this was published in a major nation paper in Russia.

You think the WaPo or NYT would publish something like that on Obama?~

I just thought about the same thing.


23 posted on 05/05/2014 9:05:25 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: Constitution Day

At least one, he actually posts from Russia.


24 posted on 05/05/2014 9:20:05 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: WhiskeyX

It’s been obvious to me for years. The Anchorage Daily News has more posters from San Francisco than from Alaska, and the webmaster there knows it. Why ADN? To destroy Palin in utero and they haven’t let up much.


25 posted on 05/05/2014 9:25:14 AM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: Constitution Day

I was pretty sure those were the FReeper moles Obama was talking about when he said “the new conservative darling is none other than Vladimir Putin.”


26 posted on 05/05/2014 9:30:08 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

Possibly so!


27 posted on 05/05/2014 11:07:47 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: WhiskeyX

I must be on their payroll too, as I support both Putin on Syria, and I oppose President Obama on just about everything he does.


28 posted on 05/05/2014 2:26:11 PM PDT by BobL
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To: BobL

“I must be on their payroll too, as I support both Putin on Syria, and I oppose President Obama on just about everything he does.”

What does any of that have to do with the criminal Russian invasion and conquest of the Ukrainian territories in blatant violation of 86 years of international law?


29 posted on 05/05/2014 6:03:03 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: Mariner

Second thread this evening where I’ve seen you play the victim. Give it a rest, already.


30 posted on 05/05/2014 6:56:44 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mariner

You have been paid for 15 years? Man, that is some good job security these days!

I really don’t know if I ever called you a troll. Most of the ones I fuss at are the people who get on the birth certificate threads and act like anyone who questions “the won’s” history is crazy.


31 posted on 05/05/2014 7:11:24 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Vigilanteman

many get room and board Im told.......


32 posted on 05/05/2014 7:26:43 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: WhiskeyX
I am shocked.

Actually we just read "Between Shades of Gray," so not really.

33 posted on 05/05/2014 7:29:32 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: 1rudeboy

What was the other one?>p>I’m not victim.


34 posted on 05/05/2014 7:32:05 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: WhiskeyX

All these guys post at Zero Hedge, for sure. What a playpen.


35 posted on 05/05/2014 7:38:47 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Mariner

If you want me to look it up, I will. It’s not a big deal unless you say it is.


36 posted on 05/05/2014 7:53:09 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: WhiskeyX

Some of them probably signed onto FR


37 posted on 05/05/2014 7:59:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Constitution Day

lol....I wondered the same thing.


38 posted on 05/05/2014 8:02:26 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Drew68

Imagine posting in favor of a Russian invasion of a sovereign country


39 posted on 05/05/2014 8:02:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: WhiskeyX

It is very possible to oppose both tyrants


40 posted on 05/05/2014 8:05:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: WhiskeyX
The [Guardian] readers' editor on… pro-Russia trolling below the line on Ukraine stories

Guardian moderators, who deal with 40,000 comments a day, believe there is an orchestrated pro-Kremlin campaign.........
41 posted on 05/05/2014 8:30:45 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: WhiskeyX

They’re easy to spot. They hijack threads under posts on the topic of Russian corruption.


42 posted on 05/05/2014 8:31:36 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: facedown

I thought it was the White House...


43 posted on 05/05/2014 8:48:56 PM PDT by GOPJ ( Are we finally going to get a smidgen of truth? - - Freeper Veto!)
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To: GeronL
Imagine posting in favor of a Russian invasion of a sovereign country

Any idea how many times or places the United States has invaded neighboring sovereign nations in the wake of chaos to establish our idea of order to protect our national interests? Our sense of outrage is highly selective.

44 posted on 05/05/2014 9:38:54 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Drew68
Are any of them named 'Peggy'?


45 posted on 05/05/2014 9:46:24 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Hoodat

LOL!!


46 posted on 05/05/2014 9:47:22 PM PDT by mylife
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To: WhiskeyX

Here is the bottom line, Obama has established an Arab beachhead in the north of Africa, and now he is weakening the eastern walls of Europe.

What is the end game?
It aint pretty.


47 posted on 05/05/2014 9:55:19 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Always A Marine

Lol. How many times in modern times have we invaded a neighboring country and stole their land?


48 posted on 05/05/2014 10:11:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Always A Marine

“Any idea how many times or places the United States has invaded neighboring sovereign nations in the wake of chaos to establish our idea of order to protect our national interests? Our sense of outrage is highly selective.”

Such comments feed the false anti-American narrative or false propaganda which seeks to make the aggression of other nations somehow acceptable because the United States engages the aggressors in combat in defense of the victims of criminal aggression. The United States has in each instance engaged in warfare pursuant to the rights and duties of all sovereign nations to provide collective defense against unlawful aggression and aggressors by the Kellogg-Briand Pact and the Charter of the United Nations. There is nothing improper or unlawful for the United States to fulfill its treaty obligations and invade another state which is in unlawful breach of the peace and engaging in a criminal war of aggression against other states.


49 posted on 05/05/2014 10:30:37 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
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Interesting—but a little dated. (It appears to be an article from almost eight months ago.)


50 posted on 05/05/2014 10:39:03 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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