Russian oligarch Prigozhin appears to acknowledge US election meddling

Russian oligarch Prigozhin appears to acknowledge US election meddling


Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin-linked oligarch known as “Vladimir Putin’s boss,” appeared to acknowledge Russian meddling in the US election in a Telegram post on Monday.

Prigozhin said that Russia interfered, interfered and will continue to interfere in the American democratic process, in response to a journalist’s question about Russia potentially interfering in the elections for the US Congress. on Tuesday.

“I will answer you very subtly, delicately and I apologize, I will allow some ambiguity. Gentlemen, we interfered, we interfere and we will interfere,” said Prigozhin.

“Carefully, precisely, surgically and in our own way, as we know. During our precise surgeries, we will remove both kidneys and liver at once,” he added.

Prigozhin is reportedly one of Putin’s most trusted confidants – so close that the Russian press called him the “boss” of the Russian president after he started preparing events for the Kremlin. Prigozhin then won lucrative catering contracts for schools and the Russian armed forces, and by 2010 was a Kremlin insider with a growing commercial empire.

It was not immediately clear how serious Prigozhin was in his comments, which appeared to be somewhat sarcastic. But the US has sanctioned Prigozhin for funding the Internet Research Agency, a notorious Russian troll farm accused of meddling in several recent US elections. Prigogine was also charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States in 2018 by special counsel Robert Mueller regarding alleged election interference.

The Kremlin has since been accused of meddling in the US election at least 2016, when Russian-linked hackers successfully hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Those documents were released during the start of the campaign to embarrass the Democratic candidate.

US officials and prosecutors have warned of similar hacking attempts and disinformation campaigns by Russia ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Competition on Tuesday. Private investigators he said on Thursday that suspected Russian operatives used far-right media platforms to smear Democratic candidates in Georgia, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Russian government officials, including Putin, have consistently denied meddling in American politics.

For years, Prigogine worked mostly in the shadows and behind the scenes. In recent months, however, he has developed a more public persona, likely due to the shifting balance of power within Russia as losses in Ukraine piled up.

In SeptemberPrigozhin admitted that he founded the Wagner Group – a private mercenary group accused of war crimes in Africa, Syria and Ukraine – after years of denying involvement in the outfit.

Rather, Alleged US and European officials that Prigozhin was trying to use the faltering war effort to jockey for increased influence in the Kremlin. Prigozhin reportedly confronted Putin directly over his belief that the conflict was being mismanaged.

The Kremlin denied that officials criticized the conduct of the war.

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