A paid crowd was used in addition to representatives of patriotic movements and schoolchildren at the rally-concert on the occasion of the third anniversary of the annexation of Crimea in Moscow.
The Echo of Moscow says that everyone was promised 400 rubles for three hours of attendance at the rally. The only thing to do was to “go to the place in an organized column, stand in the column and go home” to earn the money.
Those who wanted to earn were met by the organizers and organized in a separate column. Accompanied by a coordinator, they attended the event for two and a half hours and received their fee at the end of the rally.
In addition, students of Moscow high schools were obliged to attend the rally.