Film and TV rights for Jessikka Aro’s bestseller sold !

We are thrilled to announce that the Film and TV rights to international bestseller PUTIN’S TROLLS – On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World by the award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro have been acquired by Onerva Pictures Oy! The deal was negotiated by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency.

The publishing rights to Putin’s Trolls have now been sold to 13 territories and it has just been published in English by Ig Publishing, available now in e-book format and print in June 2022.

“We are thrilled to be working with Jessikka, who is such an inspiration in her bravery and pioneering journalism. Russia’s recent war crimes in Ukraine have given the work an even more urgent focus. Our drama series KOMPROMAT, will feature characters inspired by the private individuals turned freedom fighters featured in Putin’s Trolls, all connecting via intertwined plotlines across multiple locations in Europe. We envisage a tense and gripping thriller with plenty of twists to take us across multiple seasons.”
– Tanja Rusi, Producer, Onerva Pictures

Inka and Tanja Rusi of Onerva Pictures have received funding from the Finnish Film Foundation for initial script writing work on the series in March 2022. The production company’s aim is to develop a high end Finnish drama series aimed at both domestic and international audiences. Jessikka Aro is attached to the project as a consultant and executive producer and Ambassador and Professor of International Relations Dr. Alpo Rusi is attached as a consultant.

“I appreciate the deeply humane touch and the personal interest the Rusi sisters have in the Putin’s Trolls. I look forward to working with their wonderful team,” – Jessikka Aro

The rights are still available in Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Denmark etc. 

Download the full English PDF for PUTIN’S TROLLS by clicking here!

The book has been a bestseller both in Finland and internationally and has garnered excellent critical success.


Aro’s cri de coeur is well-documented and persuasive. This disturbing study does a stellar job of depicting Russia’s propaganda machine in action.
 Publishers Weekly, Reviewed on: 03/22/2022

Throughout this book, Aro reveals the mechanics of Russia’s insidious nonmilitary tactics and widespread propaganda targeted at civilians—strategies used decades before in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to gain control over the minds of citizensAs Russia continues to threaten Ukraine in hybrid warfare, Aro provides an extremely valuable lesson. 
– Kirkus Reviews April 2022 issue

By exposing Putin’s institutionalized trolling operations, Jessikka Aro has gone where no one has had the courage to go before and has done so at great peril. Ms. Aro has done the world a huge service by showing us how these tactics work so we can better defend ourselves going forward.
Bill Browder, New York Times bestselling author, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, USA

Tositarinoita Venäjän infosodan rintamilta
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Reading materials:
Full English PDF

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
GERMANY: Goldmann
HUNGARY: Corvina
LATVIA: Pētergailis
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (audio): Blackstone Audio

FILM & TV: Onerva Pictures Oy

About author

Jessikka Aro

Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020, Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.


2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

Putin's Trolls

Jessikka Aro