MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Optronic HR had posed numerous job ads offering Russian speaking extras a daily 88-120 euros ($94-$129) for pretending to be farmers, shop owners and other improvised local residents in fictitious villages that were set up at the Hohenfels training grounds for upcoming NATO drills due to take place on April 28-May 15.
"We are just looking for Russian speakers, so they would look European… German is also required, as the drills are taking place in Germany and the story and the roles are in German. You live in barracks but you cannot leave the accommodation. So you live for 15-18 days without internet, alcohol, telephones or drugs. Work will take up 10 hours at most, the rest is free time," Optronic's human resources department representative Polina Borroth said while broadcast by the Rossiya 24 channel.
Commentators said the setting for the drills indicated preparations for offensive rather than defensive operations.
Germany’s Federal Employment Agency said it would look into the issue.