U.S. accuses 13 Russians of meddling in elections

Source : 112 Ukraine

Businessman Evgeniy Prigozhyn who is believed to be close to Putin is on the list
08:23, 17 February 2018

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In the framework of the investigation of Russia meddling in the U.S. presidential election in 2016, the U.S. has accused 13 Russian citizens, according to the website of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The statement accuses Internet Research Agency also known as Russian “troll factory”. There are 13 people on the list who are believed to have aided the organization in spreading propaganda: Mikhail Bystrov, Mikhail Burchik, Aleksandra Krylova, Anna Bogacheva, Sergey Polozov, Maria Bovda, Robert Bovda, Dzheyknuh Aslanov, Vadim Podkopaev, Gleb Vasilchenko, Irina Kaverzina, and Vladimir Venkov, and Evgeniy Prigozhyn.

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According to the allegations in the indictment, twelve of the individual defendants worked at various times for Internet Research Agency LLC, a Russian company based in St. Petersburg, Russia. The other individual defendant, Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, funded the conspiracy through companies known as Concord Management and Consulting LLC, Concord Catering, and many subsidiaries and affiliates. The conspiracy was part of a larger operation called “Project Lakhta.” Project Lakhta included multiple components, some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation and others targeting foreign audiences in multiple countries.   

It’s worth pointing out that  Evgeniy Prigozhyn is believed to have close ties to President Putin.

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Intelligence Committee of the US Congress voted for the publishing of the document on the interference of Russian in 2016 US election. According to the Democrats, the document should belie the controversial Republican memorandum that accused the FBI of the prejudiced attitude to Donald Trump.

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