St.Petersburg police arrested “Kremlin Troll” hours after speaking to foreign journalists

nsnbc : Marat Mindiyarov, a self-confessed former employee of Russia’s infamous “troll factory” was arrested in St. Petersburg on Sunday, hours after he was speaking  about his work to foreign journalists.

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Special U.S. Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three companies on Friday for involvement in what the indictment (published here) described as a sophisticated, years-long conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Marat Mindiyarov was one of the first self-confessed “trolls” to speak to Western journalists about his work. Mindiyanov told the English-language The Moscow Times that he was detained by police late Sunday for allegedly making a false phone call about a planted bomb in a nearby village. He denies the charges.

Mindiyarov had given several interviews to U.S. outlets about his role as an employee at the Internet Research Agency, a company allegedly financed by Kremlin-linked businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was named in Mueller’s indictment on Friday.

Mindiyarov claimed he had been instructed to write 200 online comments critical of Western governments per day as part of his work at the organization in 2014. He was released after being questioned at the police station late on Sunday. “I’m not afraid even after the events of last night and today,” Mindiyarov wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, saying that he would continue to speak about his work.

The U.S. indictment lists the plaintiff as United States of America v Internet Agency LLC, a.k.a. Mediasintez LLC, a.k.a. Glavset LLC, a.k.a. Novinfo LLC, a.k.a. Concord Management and Consulting LLC, a.k.a. Yevgeny Victorovich Prigozhin, Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov, Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik, a.k.a.  Mikhail Abramov, Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova, nna Vladislavona Bogacheva, Sergey Pavlovich Polozov, Maria Anatolyebna Bovda, a.k.a. Maria Anatolyevna Belyaeva, Robert Sergeyevich Bovda, Dzhykhun Nasimi Ogly Aslanov, a.k.a. Jayhoon Aslanov, a.k.a. Jay Aslanov, Vadim Vladimirovich Podkopaev, Gleb Igorevich Vasilichenko, Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, and Vladimir Venkov as defendants.

CHL – nsnbc 20.02.2018

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