Russian trolls expose misinformation operations

Former employees of a Russian ‘troll factory’ are speaking out about the political misinformation operations .

An interview with a Russian ex-troll

Ex-Russian troll reveals the goal to set Americans against their own government.

Inside Kremlin Propaganda Machine: Russian blogger exposes Russia’s Internet troll factory.

This non-descript office building in Moscow is where the Kremlin houses its army of thousands of internet trolls. They have become infamous over the last year; spamming the World Wide Web with lies, misinformation and propaganda. But this part of the Kremlin’s hybrid warfare aginast Ukraine and the West at large has been exposed by a Russian journalist. Lyudmila Savchuk calls it a troll factory and says she had spent two months there as an employee documenting the process of creating a wave of pro-Kremlin propaganda. “They get work specifications.

There are several main topics including Ukraine, USA and the EU – in general all main topics which are on the agenda – and also Russian opposition. Main opposition figures are regularly insulted and discredited on the Internet.” According to Savchuk, she and her fellow colleagues worked under tight control and signed a non-disclosure agreement. She also says the comments were made not only in Russian but in several other languages across different platforms.

Soviet Active Measures (1984) Still relevant today

Reviews Various Measures, Including Disinformation, Bribery, Forgery, and Overall Dirty Tricks Employed Abroad by The Soviet Union to Further Its aims. Includes Interviews with Newsweek’s Former Chief Correspondent Arnaud De Borchgrave, State Department Official Dennis Kux, French Journalist/author Jean Francois Revel, Former Soviet Kgb Officer Stanislav Levchenko, and Former Czechoslovak Intelligence Officer Ladislav Bittman (the latter two are defectors who had direct personal experience of Active Measures). Documents Communist actions and intentions. National Archives and Records Administration – Arc Identifier 54826 / Local Identifier 306.9798 – Soviet Active Measures – U.S. Information Agency. (1982 – 10/01/1999).

British Political Warfare Executive (PWE) during WW2 (TV Documentary)

The following description was written by the History Room.

This film gives some insight into the work of the British Political Warfare Executive run by Sefton Delmer.  It is perhaps more suitable for whimsical entertainment than serious study, but it is still revealing and informative, casting some light on the murky underworld of the secret services. Note to teachers: the film contains some brief nudity. Uploaded for educational purposes only.