Putin's Trolls

Jessikka Aro

Original title: Putinin trollit

Author: Jessikka Aro

Published: 2019

Publisher: Johnny Kniga

Genres: General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

Pages: 453

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A journalistic nonfiction book that reads like a real-life spy thriller and reveals the methods of the Kremlin’s modern information warfare

Putin’s Trolls is a first-hand memoir/reportage account by award-winning Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro who was bullied out of her country by Putin’s internet trolls, revealing the true face of an invisible threat that is only growing in power. Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy.

Putin’s Trolls presents the criminal smearing campaign, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries. It is a chilling account of Russia's modern tools of information warfare, shedding light on the individuals and organizations behind the Kremlin's coordinated, military-style social media psy-ops.


"Valuable insight into Russian troll operations worldwide." – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

"Journalist Aro has been extraordinarily brave and has set an example worldwide in the fight against trolls. Her book has a strong message: online crimes must be documented and exposed like any crimes." – Uusi Suomi newspaper

"Important and informative! Lots of useful knowledge about information warfare as well as modern online bullying". – Amman kirjablogi blog

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

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia
FILM & TV RIGHTS: Onerva Pictures
GEORGIA: Media Development Foundation
GERMANY (audio): Neverrest
GERMANY: Goldmann
HUNGARY: Corvina Books Ltd
LATVIA: Pētergailis
NORWAY: Mangschou Forlag
POLAND: Wydawnictwo SQN
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH (Audio): Blackstone Publishing


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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

Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls