From Poland with ‘love’: Gdynia woman joins Tinder to tell Russian men about Putin’s atrocities in Ukraine

Determined to combat disinformation in Russia, Kinga Szostko created a fake account on the dating app and now deluges men who swipe right with photos of atrocities carried out by Russian troops. Cottonbro/Pexels/Kinga Szostko/Tinder

A Polish woman has turned to Tinder to fight against disinformation and to tell Russians about the atrocities being committed in Ukraine.

Inspired by the hit Netflix series The Tinder Swindler, Kinga Szostko from Gdynia created a fake account with her name written in Cyrillic script saying she had graduated from law school in Moscow.

She then added her location being in the Russian capital and posted her real photos.

Inspired by the hit Netflix series The Tinder Swindler, Kinga Szostko from Gdynia created a fake account with her name written in Cyrillic script saying she had graduated from law school in Moscow.Kinga Szostko/Tinder

But when Russian men started swiping right, instead of seeing more photos of the brunette, they were confronted by the barbarity being carried out by Russian troops since Putin’s invasion. 

The 40-year-old who works for an organisation called The Gdynia Foundation of Entrepreneurial Helpers said: “One morning, watching the photos posted on Instagram showing the horrors of war, I realised that I had to do something.

“Because Tinder in Russia has not yet been blocked, I decided to act quickly.

When Russian men started swiping right, instead of seeing more photos of the brunette, they were confronted by the barbarity being carried out by Russian troops since Putin’s invasion.Kinga Szostko/Tinder

“Of course, it was not about getting to know Russian men.

“The idea is that Russians who are interested in my photo and want to meet will see the truth about the war in Ukraine.”

Hoping other Polish women will also get involved, she posted on Instagram: ‘With this tool we can try to reach Russian users with information. Seriously.’

Hoping other Polish women will also get involved, Kinga posted instructions on Instagram about how to set up a fake account.Kinga Szostko/Tinder

She then posted instructions saying: ‘You create an account, but your name is Russian from Google translator, you can also take mine: Кинга.

“School: choose any of Moscow (you will be presented with a list to choose from), then the most important! In the account settings you select the location Moscow.

“You add the first photo you want and then in the profile you upload the next "war" photo, I leave it in the report marked "photos on Tinder".

The 40-year-old who works for an organisation called The Gdynia Foundation of Entrepreneurial Helpers said: “If we are able to do something like this globally, then let's do it. It costs nothing, it is just 5 minutes work to set up such an anti-propaganda profile and fight Russian disinformation in this way.”Kinga Szostko/Tinder

‘And then you click on everyone that Tinder shows you as a pair. I don't know how much it will do, but it won't hurt to try.

‘All I wish for today is that this nightmare should end, and the truth is that Russian propaganda does not make it any easier.

‘If people knew, maybe they would react? I want to think so, so let's go!

Kinga shared a photo of a Russian man who swiped right on her profile who she says was ‘overcome with emotion after seeing the reality.’Kinga Szostko/Tinder

‘I have already hit dozens of handsome Russian men.’

‘If we are able to do something like this globally, then let's do it. It costs nothing,

‘It’s just 5 minutes of work to set up such an anti-propaganda profile and fight Russian disinformation in this way.’

She also posted a photo of a Russian man who swiped right on her profile who she says was ‘overcome with emotion after seeing the reality.’