Alexander responded immediately, even though it was late – it was the night of March 15-16: “Salary – R45k a month. Schedule – 2/2. If you’re ready to work for us, then I can schedule an interview.”
It was scheduled for the very next day: an open slot remained at 14:00. The meeting was at Bloody Bones bar and grill on Korablestroiteley Street. To call this place a bar would be a stretch. One hall, several tables, a bar – all in a detached, ordinary-looking one-story building.
At 14:00 every table was already full. A dark-haired young man explains to two guys: “Now there’s a lot of fake information, which is why spontaneous protests are happening around Gostinka. All that ends sadly, because any conflict with the police always leads to 5-7 years in prison. So our movement is supposed to block these fakes.”
Red-haired Yana sits us next to a woman of about 50 and gives us questionnaires. The questions are rather general: place of work, study, address of residence, social networks, Covid vaccination. Yana waits for us to fill out the questionnaires and starts talking. “We’re working to expose fakes about the Ukraine issue. You probably read the news, you see there’s a lot of misinformation, including about civilian casualties. This is the Z patriotic movement. This project emerged recently, but the [patriotic] movement itself has been around for a long time,” she says. When asked what else the participants in the movement had been doing, she hesitates but then quickly finds what to say – they had been writing comments like those under items for sale on Ozon or Yandex. “You don’t believe those are real reviews, do you?” she smiles. The woman opposite shakes her head in understanding.
Yana continues: the work isn’t hard, you need to write comments on Telegram and other sites (except for VKontakte – there “the information is more or less neutral”).