A Russian businessman associated with Putin has admitted to meddling in the US presidential election.

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin appears ahead of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Moscow Kremlin, Russia, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Entrepreneur Prigogine, known as Putin’s cook, is known for his catering. Having signed a contract with the Kremlin, he admitted that he had interfered in US elections, and he said he will continue to do so. Sergei Ilnitsky/AP hide caption toggle caption Sergei Ilnitsky/AP Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin is seen ahead of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Moscow Kremlin, Russia, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Prigozhin, an entrepreneur known as “Putin’s Chef” because of his catering contract with the Kremlin, has admitted to meddling in US elections and will continue to do so. Sergei Ilnitsky / AP Kremlin-related entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted on Monday that he had intervened in US elections and that he will continue to do so. It was the first confirmation of the charges he had denied over the years. In a remark posted on his social media, Prigozhin said, “Gentlemen, we have intervened, are interfering, and will intervene. Carefully, precisely, surgically and in our own way, as we know how we can do it. “, he boasted. A statement from the press service of his catering company, which nicknamed him “Putin’s Chef”, came on the eve of the US midterm elections. A 61-year-old businessman who had ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin was the second major revelation in recent months. Prigozhin had previously tried not to spy on his activities and now appears to be increasingly interested in gaining his political influence. Although his goals are not immediately clear. White House press secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said Monday that Prigogine’s remarks “do not tell us anything new or surprising”. “It is well known and well documented in the public sphere that groups associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin tried to influence elections around the world, including the United States. The United States is working to expose and counter the malicious influence efforts of Russia we have discovered. I did.” Yevgeny said he was sanctioned by the US, the UK and the European Union. “Part of Russia’s efforts is to promote a narrative that aims to undermine democracy and sow division and discord. It’s surprising that Russia is highlighting their attempts and fabricating stories of success on the eve of elections,” she said. No,” he added. In September, Prigozhin also publicly revealed that he was behind a previously denied Wagner group mercenary unit, and he publicly spoke of his involvement in Russia’s eight-month war in Ukraine. Military contractors have also sent troops to places like Syria and sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, a video appeared in which a man resembling Prigozhin visits a Russian prison to recruit prisoners to fight in Ukraine. In 2018, Prigozhin and 12 other Russians and three Russian companies were indicted in the United States for running a covert social media campaign to foster discord and divide American public opinion ahead of the 2016 Republican presidential election, Donald Trump. They were charged as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. The Department of Justice has dismissed charges against two companies indicted in 2020: Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering. Conviction will likely expose sensitive law enforcement tools and skills. In July, the State Department offered a reward of up to $10 million for information about Russia’s interference in US elections, including Prigozhin, the Internet Research Agency, and a troll farm in St. . Prigozhin was also sanctioned by the US Treasury for election interference. While Prigozhin has so far denied Russian involvement in election meddling, this year Russian media, prisoner rights groups and relatives of the prisoners said that Wagner (and sometimes Prigozhin personally) made extensive efforts to recruit prisoners to fight in Ukraine. reported. Prigozhin did not confirm this himself, but said in a statement that “(Wagner private military company) and the prisoners or your children” will fight on the front lines. Last week Wagner opened a business center in St. Petersburg, which Prigozhin described as a platform for Russia’s “improving defenses”. Region bordering Ukraine. “Local residents know their territory just like anyone else, they can fight saboteurs and reconnaissance groups, and they can launch a preemptive strike if necessary,” he said. Once a hot dog shop owner, Prigozhin opened a lavish restaurant in St. Petersburg that drew Putin’s attention. During his first tenure in office, Putin took then-French President Jacques Chirac to eat at one of Prigogine’s restaurants. In an interview published in 2011, Prigozhin recalled, “Vladimir Putin saw how I was building a business in a kiosk, and he saw that a guest I respected was not afraid to serve them because they were my guests.” His business expanded significantly. In 2010, Putin attended the opening ceremony of a school food factory in Prigogine, built on generous loans from state-owned banks. In Moscow alone, his company, Concord, won a multi-million dollar contract to provide meals in public schools. Prigozhin also organized catering for Kremlin events over the years and provided catering and utility services to the Russian army. When fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2014 between Russian-backed separatists and Kyiv forces, Prigozhin said through a spokesman that he was trying to “go (there) and form a (fighter) group to defend the Russians.” Russian law prohibits the operation of civilian military contractors, but in recent months state media have publicly reported Wagner’s involvement in Ukraine.
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