Putin Ally Brags About Interfering In U.S. Elections

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, bragged on Monday he had interfered in U.S. elections and would continue doing so in future.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (screen capture)

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, bragged on Monday he had interfered in U.S. elections and would continue doing so in future.

From CBS News:

“Gentlemen, we interfered, we are interfering, and we will interfere,” declared Prigozhin in a statement quoted by his company, Concord.

The oligarch has been sanctioned by Washington for running a “troll factory” to influence the outcome of votes in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“Accurately, precisely, surgically, and the way we do it, the way we know how to,” Prigozhin quipped in response to a request for comment on the specifics of the interference from a Russian news outlet.

Prigozhin is the financial benefactor behind a so-called Russian “troll farm” previously called the Internet Research Agency.

The group, which has changed it’s name multiple times, creates and uses inauthentic social media pages to spread misinformation or incendiary speech to affect voters and sow discord.

Read the full report here.

In 2018, Prigozhin and several more Russian nationals were indicted in the U.S. for operating a subversive social media campaign with the goal of dividing American public opinion ahead of the 2016 presidential election won by Donald Trump.