The State Department is offering a $10 million reward for information on how Russian trolls interfered in the US elections

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under the Biden administration, he announced a $10 million reward for information on foreign interference in the US election, specifically the activity of a Russian troll factory.

In a statement issued Thursday, the US State Department renewed its calls for information on the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, and “Associated Russian Entities and Partners for Their Participation in Interfering with the U.S. Election.”

Viktorovich Prigozhin, a notorious Russian oligarch sometimes referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “chef”, has been targeted by both the United States and the European Union with sanctions since at least March in response to the war in Ukraine. However, he has already been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list since at least February 2018 when a federal arrest warrant was issued in the US District Court of Columbia after being charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The new $10 million reward, offered through the State Department’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, administered by the Department of Diplomatic Security, seeks information that leads to “the identification or location of any foreign person, including an entity A foreigner, knowingly engaged or engaged in interference in a U.S. election, as well as information leading to the prevention, thwarting or positive resolution of an act of foreign interference in an election,” said the statement released Thursday.

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According to the State Department, the IRA is Russian entity involved in political and electoral interference. Beginning in 2014, the IRA began its operations to interfere with the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election, with the “strategic aim of sowing discord”.

Multiple photos released by the FBI show Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, who finances the Troll plant in Saint Petersburg, the Internet Research Agency LLC.

Multiple photos released by the FBI show Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, who finances the Troll plant in Saint Petersburg, the Internet Research Agency LLC.
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The IRA operates through several Russian entities, including Internet Research LLC, MediaSintez LLC, GlavSet LLC, MixInfo LLC, Azimut LLC, and NovInfo LLC.

Viktorovich Prigozhin is a Russian citizen who provided financing to the IRA through the companies he controls – Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering, collectively referred to as “Concord”. Concorde dispatched funds and recommended personnel and oversaw the activities of the IRA through reporting and interaction with the IRA Department.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken attends a press conference on July 29, 2022 in Washington, DC.  After a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the Biden administration's proposal to release Americans Paul Whelan and Brittany Greiner, both of whom are in Russian custody.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken attends a press conference on July 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. After a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the Biden administration’s proposal to release Americans Paul Whelan and Brittany Greiner, both of whom are in Russian custody.
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He accused his business partners of different qualities to do Irish Republican Army interventions Targeting the United States, they are listed as follows: Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov, Mikhail Leonidovich Borchik, Alexandra Yuryevna Krylova, Anna Vladislavovna Pugacheva, Sergei Pavlovich Polozov, Maria Anatolyevna Povda, Robert Sergeyevich Povda, Dzhadikhon Nasovna Nasovich, Mir Irina Viktorov.

“They knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing and defeating the legal functions of government through fraud and deception for the purpose of interfering with U.S. political and electoral processes, including the 2016 presidential election,” the State Department said. The award announcement is part of “a broader effort by the US government to ensure the security and integrity of our elections and to protect against foreign interference in our elections.”

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On Friday, the US Treasury raised the level set punishment Against Viktorovich Prigozhin, citing his financing of the Lakhta Project, a disinformation campaign and a scheme to spend tens of millions of dollars on “troll farms” and other mechanisms aimed at audiences in the United States, Europe, Ukraine and even Russia. The Treasury has said that since at least 2014, Project Lakhta has used, among other things, fake online characters posing as American people to interfere in US elections.