Companies linked to Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who run “troll farms” in St. Petersburg, could receive rewards of up to $10 million for information on attempts to interfere in US elections.
The US State Department on Thursday offered a reward of up to $10 million for information about Russian “troll farms” in St. Petersburg trying to interfere in US elections.
According to the press release, the department is seeking information on Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Internet Research Agency (IRA) on “Russian affiliates and associates for their involvement in US elections.”
The State Department released the report three months before midterm elections for Congress, CNN points out.
“Putin’s Chef” and “Seeding Paradox” companies
As emphasized, the activity of these organizations dates back to 2014, and their strategic goal is to “sow the debate”.
Yevgeny Prigozhin is known as “Putin’s chef” because he runs a catering company that, among other things, serves the Russian military. He is also the main founder of the so-called Wagner’s Group, the mercenaries fighting UkraineIn Syria and Africa.
According to CNN, US officials accuse Prigozhin’s “troll farm” of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Donald Trump. Both the IRA and Prigozhin are subject to sanctions America. According to the US Department of Justice, the Internet Research Institute used social media such as Facebook and Twitter to sow discord and interfere with democratic processes.
Reward Program for Justice
This is not the first time such an appeal has been made by the US State Department. As part of the Rewards for Justice program, the department periodically offers multimillion-dollar rewards for key information on the activities of adversary actors. Other announcements of this type are by, among others, Russian and North Korean hacker groups.
CNN explains that the State Department’s plan aims to create a broader network of information on emerging threats to U.S. companies, complementing the intelligence agencies’ traditional methods of countering these types of operations.
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