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Russian businessman and his company accused of meddling in US elections
Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, nicknamed “Putin’s chef” for his close ties to the Russian president, tried to distance himself and his company through the courts from the accusations of American prosecutors of meddling in the 2016 US elections.
Evgeny Prigozhin’s appeal to the court was the first time that a corporate representative of the St. Petersburg-based Concord Management and Consulting company directly responded to accusations by US prosecutors that she illegally ignored the summons in a criminal case against her..
In 2018, Prigozhin and the company were accused of conspiracy to mislead the United States about their participation in election interference in order to increase disunity in the United States, help Donald Trump win the election, and harm his opponent, Hillary Clinton..
Concord Management and Consulting announced that it does not plead guilty.
In an affidavit filed with a federal court in Washington, Prigozhin indicated that he did not run the company when, according to US prosecutors, it funded a so-called troll factory that was involved in a propaganda campaign ahead of the 2016 US elections..
Prigozhin also stated that he does not have or is unable to find corporate documents requested by prosecutors.
“As is customary in many Russian organizations, [Concord Management and Consulting], as a rule, does not store electronic copies of business documents,” Prigozhin said in a statement..
Earlier, District Judge Dabny Friedrich demanded that Prigozhin’s company respond to the demand for documents before Wednesday under threat of charges of contempt of court.
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