Russian Agency for Internet Studies Sued for Labor Violations

The secretive Russian agency that hires people to write pro-Kremlin propaganda on the web stepped into the public spotlight for the first time on Tuesday as a former employee took it to court.
The Agency for Internet Studies, which runs what has been called a “troll factory” from a nondescript St. Petersburg address, is being sued by employee Lyudmila Savchuk for alleged underpayment and various labour violations.
Savchuk says she was one of many paid to write comments online supporting the policies of Vladimir Putin.
The agency is now seeking to avoid public scrutiny by offering to compensate her.