Let’s All Thank Lyudmila Savchuk!!!!


Such a pretty and brave girl!  

It isn’t as if we all didn’t know that paid trolls and sock puppets exist.  I think Suyts Space has had a couple of fine examples of such.  And, I don’t believe anyone would be surprised to know Putin uses them, either. 

However, Lyudmila has provided us proof!  Court pronounced proof!

Ex-Kremlin Internet ‘troll’ wins suit against ex-employer

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian court on Monday awarded symbolic damages of one ruble ($0.01) to a former “Kremlin troll” who sued her ex-employer and demanded closure of what she describes as a “factory” that has been churning out Internet propaganda defending President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview in April, Lyudmila Savchuk told The Associated Press how she and hundreds of colleagues in St. Petersburg managed several social media accounts, flooding the Internet with pro-Putin commentary and doctored images that landed on Russian and Western news websites.

Savchuk’s descriptions of the work coincide with those of other former trolls who have spoken publicly, although she was one of the few willing to disclose her identity. She quit after two months, deciding she couldn’t stand being part of a propaganda machine. She said most of the workers were young and attracted by relatively high monthly salaries of 40,000 to 50,000 rubles ($600 to $770).

The Petrogradsky district court on Tuesday set the damages at just one ruble as the plaintiff requested, but didn’t close the facility. Savchuk said she was happy with the ruling because she thought her mission had been accomplished.

“We have managed to prove that the trolls exist, which was the main goal,” she said outside the courtroom.

In her lawsuit, Savchuk sought moral damages, compensation of unpaid wages and demanded the closure of the company, Internet Research, saying its employees didn’t have proper Russian employment contracts.

Internet Research wasn’t immediately available for comment on the ruling.

Thank you, Lyudmila! 

The next step is to get people to not pretend that Putin was the only one ever to do such things. 

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11 Responses to Let’s All Thank Lyudmila Savchuk!!!!

  1. Latitude says:

    .. I just love the internet

  2. DirkH says:

    “The next step is to get people to not pretend that Putin was the only one ever to do such things. ”

    Putin just read Cass Sunstein (husband of one of the Obama ghouls ;; Samantha Powers?)
    “Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.”

    American strategists should stop publishing all their plans. Maybe that way they could better pretend not to be macchiavellists.

  3. Ted G says:

    So refreshing to think that Obama doesn’t have TROLL’S promoting his ruinous agenda. Just the super evil Putin and Russia!!!
    Dream on!!!!!

  4. squid2112 says:

    Really? .. There was any doubt about this? .. Wow, people really are naive!

  5. DirkH says:

    “ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian court on Monday awarded symbolic damages of one ruble ($0.01)…”

    But I think the REAL message here is…
    …that a RUSSIAN court decided this…
    …there goes the idea of Putin’s autocracy… I guess he didn’t have the judges shot…
    Can you imagine that in a US FISA court? (The German term for it is Femegericht and no it doesn’t have to do with Femen.)

  6. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    There’s a degree of cameraderie with regular trolls. On another blog one of our regular trolls passed away last year, which we found out about because as a last wish he asked his sister to let us know. We were very sad. Recently another regular troll, who may be paid, resumed posting comments – the bloglord having probably unbanned him. He was welcomed back! Which hasn’t stopped the rest laying in like Flynn. It generates some fun discussions even though we all know his silly arguments and he knows what the conservative and libertarian positions are…since he’s failed so often to refute them.

    • DirkH says:

      Authorities make deals that go like this. You’ve been caught stealing trade secrets or something in your company or govt institution you work at. Instead of being fined in a court you agree to be the troll for 5 years for something they need. You make so and so many posts to such and such blogs and if you do that after 5 years you’re off the hook.

      One such troll mentioned this (under a different identity of course). I don’t know if he told the truth but he wasn’t joking and there’s no payoff for him telling lies about that so I believe that that’s how it works. They don’t actually get paid, they’re sorta time-limited slaves.

    • suyts says:

      For real! I actually miss a couple of trolls I used to have …… not Appell. It does increase viewing and makes for good entertainment.

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