Lyudmila Savchuk’s case is centred on her employer’s failure to provide any labour contract or other paperwork supporting her hiring and eventual dismissal.
Savchuk was fired after speaking to the media about her employer, Internet Research, which she described as part of Russia’s “troll factory” which keeps Tsar Putin’s power base.
Internet Research changed its name to the Internet Research Agency, which in the spring merged with a firm called New Technologies, whose official registration documents identify it as a construction company.
“The ‘troll factory’ operates based on very weird schemes, but all those firms are connected to each other, even though they are separate legal entities,” Savchuk was quoted as saying.
Since she was fired, Savchuk has been organising a public movement against online trolling called Informatsionny Mir – a name that can be translated both as “Information World” and “Information Peace.”
The aim of the case is to force the Troll Factory to hand over its paperwork.
Savchuk said she was hired in December after responding to a job advert. She said she had been asked to work 12-hour shifts posting pro-Putin political comments on various websites for a monthly salary of $778, which was paid in cash until her dismissal in March.