Russia spent $1.25m a month on U.S. elections meddling

Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, left, serving dinner to President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow in 2011, when Mr. Putin was prime minister. By Misha Japaridze

Within the 37-page indictment against the Russian agents, the Mueller team revealed how and how much Moscow financed its operation in granular details. They charged Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “President Vladimir Putin’s chef,” as the primary backer for using his companies, Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering, to fund the operation.

To conceal its involvement, CONCORD labeled the monies paid to the ORGANIZATION for Project Lakhta as payments related to software support and development. To further conceal the source of funds, CONCORD distributed monies to the ORGANIZATION through approximately fourteen bank accounts held in the names of CONCORD affiliates, including Glavnaya Liniya LLC, Merkuriy LLC, LLC, Potentsial LLC, RSP LLC, ASP LLC, MTTs LLC, Kompleksservis LLC, Kulinariya LLC, Almira LLC, Pishchevik LLC, Galant LLC, Rayteks LLC, and Standart LLC.

The fund allowed the agents to travel around the country “collecting intelligence” about how the U.S. elections work and how to manipulate them. Prigozhin “approved and supported” the operation. His “co-conspirators” knew about his role as well.

The U.S. Treasury Department also sanctioned him in December 2016 for using his companies to provide support to the Russian military’s occupation in Ukraine.

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