May Accuses Moscow Of Meddling In Elections

Allegations about links between Concord Catering, a second company called Concord Management and Consulting, and the Internet Research Agency, Russia's notorious troll farm, have been reported before. All three entities are listed as defendants in the indictment published on Friday. The troll farm's existence was first documented in a September 2013 report by Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

According to the indictment, Concord was the agency's primary source of funding for its 2016 operation, and the operation at one stage had a monthly budget of $1.25 million.

The Concord companies are owned by Russian businessman Evegny Prigozhin, who is also listed in last week’s indictment along with 12 other individuals. Prigozhin has for years been seen as close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, and has been dubbed Putin's "personal chef". Prigozhin allegedly approved and supported the campaign, and acted with the full knowledge of the other defendants.

In 2016, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Prigozhin over the conflict in Ukraine. The two Concord companies were added to the Ukraine sanctions list a year later.

Asked about Mueller's indictment last Friday, Prigozhin told Russian media outlet RIA: "Americans are very impressionable people, they see what they want to see."

He added: "I relate to them with great respect. I'm not upset at all that I'm on this list. If they want to see the devil, let them see it."

Concord Catering did not respond to a request for comment.

Source : https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertonardelli/a-company-charged-with-funding-russian-meddling-in-the-us

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