FBI Adds ‘Russian President Putin’s Chef’ to Wanted List, Offers $250K Reward

The FBI accuses Prigozhin of “conspiracy to defraud the United States” by sponsoring the web Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based “troll factory” that allegedly administered a web campaign to influence U.S. elections and politics.

FBI Adds ‘Russian President Putin’s Chef’ to Wanted List, Offers $250K Reward
FBI Adds ‘Russian President Putin’s Chef’ to Wanted List, Offers $250K Reward

The FBI on Friday has added Kremlin-linked catering magnate Yevgeny Prigozhin to its wanted list with a gift of up to $250,000 for information resulting in his arrest, a move that he called “a witch hunt.”

The FBI accuses Prigozhin of “conspiracy to defraud the United States” by sponsoring the web Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based “troll factory” that allegedly administered a web campaign to influence U.S. elections and politics.

“He allegedly oversaw and approved their political and electoral interference operations within the us including the acquisition of yank computer server space, the creation of many fictitious online personas, and therefore the use of stolen identities of persons from the us ,” the FBI statement said.

Prigozhin said the FBI was using him as a scapegoat for the United States’ internal crises by seeking his arrest."American society is under an awesome burden of problems: oligarchs and politicians are plundering the budget. A horror story is required to hide the colossal gap between the deep state and therefore the people,” Prigozhin wrote on his Telegram channel.

“The Russian threat is that the main idea of Operation Witch Hunt, which is happening throughout the us ,” he added.Prigozhin is widely mentioned as “Putin’s chef” for his catering businesses that host dinners for the Kremlin but also for his reported involvement in advancing Putin’s interests abroad, particularly in Africa.

The FBI announcement also noted Prigozhin’s ties to Indonesia, Qatar and Estonia additionally to the Russian government, adding that he should be considered an “international flight risk.”In February 2018, the U.S. issued a federal bench warrant for Prigozhin. While he was later added to Interpol’s wanted list, his Concord catering business said the Interpol “red notice” was withdrawn last year.

The FBI lists 12 other Russian citizens on its wanted list for alleged interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.FBI Adds ‘President Putin’s Chef’ to Wanted List, Offers $250K Reward. The FBI on Friday has added Kremlin-linked catering magnate Yevgeny Prigozhin to its wanted list with a gift of up to $250,000 for information resulting in his arrest, a move that he called “a witch hunt.”

The FBI accuses Prigozhin of “conspiracy to defraud the United States” by sponsoring the web Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based “troll factory” that allegedly administered a web campaign to influence U.S. elections and politics.

“He allegedly oversaw and approved their political and electoral interference operations within the us including the acquisition of yank computer server space, the creation of many fictitious online personas, and therefore the use of stolen identities of persons from the us ,” the FBI statement said.

Prigozhin said the FBI was using him as a scapegoat for the United States’ internal crises by seeking his arrest."American society is under an awesome burden of problems: oligarchs and politicians are plundering the budget. A horror story is required to hide the colossal gap between the deep state and therefore the people,” Prigozhin wrote on his Telegram channel.

“The Russian threat is that the main idea of Operation Witch Hunt, which is happening throughout the us ,” he added.Prigozhin is widely mentioned as “Putin’s chef” for his catering businesses that host dinners for the Kremlin but also for his reported involvement in advancing Putin’s interests abroad, particularly in Africa.

The FBI announcement also noted Prigozhin’s ties to Indonesia, Qatar and Estonia additionally to the Russian government, adding that he should be considered an “international flight risk.”In February 2018, the U.S. issued a federal bench warrant for Prigozhin. While he was later added to Interpol’s wanted list, his Concord catering business said the Interpol “red notice” was withdrawn last year.

The FBI lists 12 other Russian citizens on its wanted list for alleged interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.