Putin's World War: Russia's Covert Operations to Destroy the West

Jessikka Aro

Original title: Putinin maailmansota - Venäjän salaiset operaatiot Lännen tuhoamiseksi

Author: Jessikka Aro

Published: 2024

Publisher: Johnny Kniga

Genre: Narrative Nonfiction

Pages: 352

Reading material:

English sample & summary & table of contents

German pdf

Finnish edition

A highly topical book featuring horrifying true stories about the secret operations of Putin’s intelligence services

Russia is threatening the West with World War III, even though it has been waging it for years. As its weapons, the Kremlin uses agents of chaos, a covert operation, fake priests spreading hate speech, hackers recruited from prison, and the gullibility of people.

Jessikka Aro’s new non-fiction book about the Kremlin’s world war presents the secret operations of Putin’s intelligence services in detail.

The book takes the reader on a breath-taking journey from the lobby of the Helsinki Courts of Appeal to the controversial Bronze Soldier statue in Tallinn, from the media center run by the Russian military intelligence from Berlin to the Russian troll factory that operated in Ghana in West Africa.

Read if you dare.

"The book is meritorious and important. It gives a voice to those who have been silenced for a long time and strongly defends the freedom of expression that is concretely threatened by Russia's actions. The topic of the book is that certainty is hard to come by, the facts are often disputed, and there is a huge amount of uncertainty. The fact that Aro has managed to have built her work as solid as this is a hard feat.”

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: WSOY/Johnny Kniga (orig.)
GERMANY: Goldmann Verlag
HUNGARY: Corvina
POLAND: Transatlantic Foundation
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag

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2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump.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