Re: the subject matter
- The behavior-based definition works, fits best, is least prone to error and abuse
- Non-Russian speaking Kremlin trolls are mostly not in Russia
- The ranks of non-Russian speaking Kremlin trolls include
- Russian intelligence officers posted at various embassies under diplomatic cover
- Old school Marxist-Leninist cadre who pine for Stalin
- A range of sociopathic fellow travelers associated with various fringe political movements
Re: the information operation, it
- Exceeded expectations
- Gained traction and mind share in well under a year
- Increased awareness of Kremlin trolls and thus helped build resilience to same
The problem is that no matter how good that behavior-based definition is, you can't make anyone adhere to it. The temptation to call any opponent a Kremlin troll is evidently quite strong, especially when one is an egotistical pricks.
While trolls serve a purpose in Kremlin information operations, they are only one part of a much larger effort, best understood as an updated version of Soviet active measures. And so with that, the work resumes...