Oligarch Kremlin Insider Bankrolled “Troll Factory”

CNN reports:

Yevgeny Prigozhin is a Russian oligarch dubbed “chef” to President Vladimir Putin by the Russian press. In 2002, he served caviar and truffles to President George W. Bush during a summit in St. Petersburg. Before that, he renovated a boat that became the city’s most exclusive restaurant.

But his business empire has expanded far beyond the kitchen. US investigators believe it was Prigozhin’s company that financed a Russian “troll factory” that used social media to spread fake news during the 2016 US presidential campaign, according to multiple officials briefed on the investigation.

One part of the factory had a particularly intriguing name and mission: a “Department of Provocations” dedicated to sowing fake news and social divisions in the West, according to internal company documents obtained by CNN.

CNN has examined scores of documents leaked from Prigozhin’s companies that show further evidence of his links to the troll factory. One contract provided IRA with ways to monitor social media and a “system of automized promotion in search engines.”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • JT

      That bottle should go right up Putin’s ass.

      • JCF

        …in the form of a Molotov Cocktail.

    • UrsusArctos 馃惢

      Too bad he’s not serving something “exotic” like Peacock a l谩 Polonium.

  • Gustav2

    “See, it wasn’t the Russian government!”

    Soon to be posted by a Trumpster troll.

  • tbj5

    The factory is likely only a fraction of the ops Russia pulled on the US during the election.

    By showing the Troll Factory so blatantly, they’re hoping people assume that was the extent of things and don’t look for what they’re not showing us.

    • Dazzer

      Exactly so. This is an exercise in smoke and mirrors.

      • MonochromeMouse

        That and it also looks like Putin is done with trump’s bullshit and weakness after he was unable to stop the sanctions against Russia from passing. When that happened Putin even made a statement that very clearly meant “I’m done with trump, he was unable to do what he was told. Russia will no longer protect him.”.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Is it too soon to talk about Russia hijacking in our election process?

    • geoffalnutt

      Putin will say if and when. He will then have you killed.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      It may be too late. It seems that half of the American public doesn’t care, and the other half is happy that it happened.

  • ByronK

    OT – They have a lot of funking nerve after PR.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=go734MgUAM8

  • bambinoitaliano

    I smell a sequel. Something something and his troll factory.

  • Ranger One

    Trump is just a worker at the Factory. It’s why he is so angry and sad. He is a bitch, and he lives with the fact that he sucked Russian dick every day of his miserable life.

  • another_steve

    Tonight at Mr. and Mrs. Deplorable’s dinner table:

    “Harry, what’s an ‘oligarch’?”

    “I dunno, maybe a kind of big bird. Like a stork. Ethel, didn’t I tell you I don’t like the canned peas and carrots you’ve been buying?”

  • hoover2001

    And what is our great leaders doing about this? Oh yeah, too busy trying to destroy everything good in our society.

    • The_Wretched

      Worse, the messaging has started “what’s so bad about foreign interference with US elections?” “Doesn’t the US impact the whole world so of course they should get to impact our elections”.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen
    • Lars Littlefield

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  • Lawerence Collins
    • TimCA

      For the third time today:

      Your video refers to the story that appeared early this morning on The Hill news website. It purports to now show a smoking gun involving not only the Clintons but the wider Obama administration in the (entirely discredited) so-called plot to sell uranium to the Russians. This is just a rehashed and thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory now bundled up into a new propaganda piece designed to divert attention from the Mueller investigation. Is this the story of alleged Russian collusion you want us to know about from your posted video?

      • Sam_Handwich
      • JT

        Of course, you know you’re talking to someone who was in Putin’s troll brigade.

        • TimCA

          He’s commented here for years. I’m quite familiar with his schtick by now……unfortunately.

      • Gustav2

        Yeah, there is a number of reports coming out.

        • TimCA

          Yup, all based off that one story in The Hill.

      • -M-

        That story?
        People:
        It wasn’t uranium, it wasn’t ours, and she didn’t sell it.

        • TimCA

          But yet sadly there are still idiots out there willing to believe this crap.

          • -M-

            I’m sure Vlad isn’t above smuggling uranium out of the U.S. without an export license, but what would be the point? There’s plenty in Russia and Kazakhstan and no way of cornering the world market.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Do give it a rest, Lavra. Some of us are trying to sleep.

      • Robincho

        Lavra the larva…

    • CharlestonDave

      His mom has a nice kitchen.

  • Gustav2

    Russian Trolls Used 鈥楿p To 100鈥 Activists To Organize Events In US, Report Finds

    As many as 100 unwitting activists were recruited to help organize events in the United States both before and after the election by the same St. Petersburg-based Russian troll farm behind scores of fake social media accounts that purchased ads to sow discord during the 2016 campaign.

    The events included an October 2016 rally in Charlotte, North Carolina to protest police violence mere weeks after a protester was fatally shot at a Black Lives Matter protest there. The organizers of the October protest were not with BLM, though, according to RBC鈥檚 report. They were with BlackMattersUS, the organization outed as a Russian front last week by Casey Michel at ThinkProgress.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/us-activists-unwittingly-organized-events-russian-troll-farm

    There is all kinds of ‘fun’ things in the article. True practitioners of bothsiderism against Clinton

  • Kelly Lape

    If either side of America was truly “Patriotic” we’d all be pissed at Russia. Total Western Embargo Pissed. I guess we’ll have to wait for the Trumpets to realize they’ve empowered a Russian Puppet bent on destroying the west before we can finally take action.

    • BobSF_94117

      Unfortunately too many in this country are fine with an autocratic oligarchy. The fools don’t realize that a corrupt economy is remarkably difficult to navigate for the rich who are not ultra-rich. Favoritism and violence do not make for a good business environment for most.

  • TimCA

    In other news ( ie.- real news unlike the nonsense being posted downthread) regarding the ongoing investigations into Russian manipulation of our elections.

    From The Business Insider:
    “A cybersecurity researcher who described being recruited to vet hacked Hillary Clinton emails last year by a GOP operative tied to President Donald Trump’s campaign team has been interviewed by the FBI’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, Business Insider has learned.”

    For the rest of the article see link below:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mueller-trump-russia-matt-tait-michael-flynn-investigation-2017-10

  • greenmanTN
  • List time:

    – Trump & campaign deny they ever colluded with the Russians on anything: FALSE

    – Trump says repeatedly he has no business whatsoever in Russia: FALSE

    – Trump says he never stayed more than a day or so in Russia: FALSE

    – Trump & campaign deny they ever accepted any Russian oligarch money: FALSE

    – Trump, his admin and Pence deny they were ever told Mike Flynn was compromised by his Russia ties: FALSE

    – Trump, Don Jr, and Trump campaign deny any meetings or collusion with Russian officials or intelligence agents to win the election: FALSE

    – Trump, Sessions, Manafort, and campaign deny any pre-election meetings with Russian officials: FALSE

    – Trump, Don Jr., Flynn, Kushner, and Prince all deny trying to set up covert communications channels with the Kremlin & Putin: FALSE

    – Trump & campaign deny there was any communication between Trump Tower’s computers and Russian ones: FALSE

    – Trump and Russia deny they did anything to push Russian propaganda before and after the election: FALSE

    – Trump and Russia deny they used social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and to introduce political bias into Google News & searches to influence American voters’ opinions: FALSE

    – Trump and Russia deny there were any paid trolls or agent provocateurs deliberately trying to foment chaos and division between Americans, including supporting secessionist movements and alt-right Nazis, and pretending to be progressives to demonize HRC/Dems and divide the left: FALSE

    – Trump, his admin, and GOP claim Russians didn’t attempt to hack America’s voter registration systems: FALSE

    – Trump, his admin, and GOP claim there’s no evidence of actual voting machine or vote tabulation hacking by Russia, attempted or successful: INCREASINGLY LIKELY TO BE FALSE

    – Trump refuses to implement the Russia sanctions he’s required by law to have put in place by October 1st: TRUE

    – Trump says he fired Comey in an on-air confession of absolute intent to commit obstruction of justice, to stop any Russia investigations: TRUE

    – Trump should be impeached immediately, indicted, and tried as a traitor to America: TRUE

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    We had plenty of troll factory activity right here on JMG.
    kay, Kate, dr morbius. Who else?

  • BobSF_94117

    George Dubya Bush looked deep into Putin’s eyes and saw a fat pile of money.

  • JCF
  • I love dim sum

    Oh non-existent god no, anything but a troll factory!

    Russia is so utterly terrifying with their troll factories. This seriously sounds like Alex Jones-grade journalism. It’s really amusing that a 3rd world country like Russia can hire a few trolls and thats all it takes to destroy Western civilization.

    I really cannot believe anybody with an education above the 5th grade buys this Russia narrative.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    None of this would have mattered had voters not been so gullible. Americans are way too quick to believe anything that flashes past on their televisions and smart phones.

  • fkevin

    More info on how Americans were tricked:

    “As many as 100 unwitting activists were recruited to help organize events in the United States both before and after the election by the same St. Petersburg-based Russian troll farm behind scores of fake social media accounts that purchased ads to sow discord during the 2016 campaign.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/us-activists-unwittingly-organized-events-russian-troll-farm