Putin’s ally Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted meddling in the American elections | Russia

Putin’s ally Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted meddling in the American elections | Russia

Influential Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is connected to the president Vladimir Putin and faced sanctions from Washington and European countries, admitted on Monday that he interfered in the US election.

“Gentlemen, we interfered, we interfere and we will interfere,” Prigozhin, who has been accused of running a “troll factory” to influence the outcome of votes in several Western countries, said in a statement quoted by his team.

“Carefully, precisely, surgically and in the way we do it, the way we can,” said Prigozhin.

Prigozhin, 61, was responding to a request for comment on the Bloomberg report Russia interfered in the US midterm elections.

The announcement came on the final day of the campaign ahead of midterm elections that will shape the rest of US President Joe Biden’s term – and could pave the way for Donald Trump’s return to the White House.

In September, Prigozhin confirmed that he founded Wagner’s mercenary groupwhose members were at the head of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine.

The high-profile announcement was interpreted by many analysts as evidence that Prigozhin was considering a possible political role in Russia.

For years, the Wagner Group has been suspected of having a role in Moscow’s overseas ambitions, and the Kremlin has denied any links. Its presence has been reported in conflict zones, including Syria, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic, where it has been accused of abuses and seizing state power.

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