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‘Will Remove Liver, Kidney at Once’: ‘Putin’s Chef’ Prigozhin Says He Interfered with US Elections

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Last Updated: November 07, 2022, 18:25 IST

Moscow, Russia

Yevgeny Prigozhin (L) assists Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a dinner in this file photo (Image: Reuters)

Yevgeny Prigozhin (L) assists Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a dinner in this file photo (Image: Reuters)

This is the first time a powerful politician from Russia - who also founded the Wagner mercenary group - has admitted that there were efforts to meddle with American politics

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Monday he had interfered in US elections and would continue doing so in future, the first such admission from a figure who has been formally implicated by Washington in efforts to influence American politics.

In comments posted by the press service of his Concord catering firm on Russia’s Facebook equivalent VKontakte, Prigozhin said: “We have interfered (in US elections), we are interfering and we will continue to interfere. Carefully, accurately, surgically and in our own way, as we know how to do."

The remark was posted on the eve of the US midterm elections in response to a request for comment from a Russian news site.

“During our pinpoint operations, we will remove both kidneys and the liver at once," Prigozhin said. He did not elaborate on the cryptic comment.

Prigozhin, who is often referred to as “Putin’s chef" because his catering company operates Kremlin contracts, has been formally accused of sponsoring Russia-based “troll farms" that seek to influence US politics.

In July, the US State Department offered a reward of up to $10 million for information on Prigozhin in connection with “engagement in US election interference". He has been hit by US, British and European Union sanctions.

Prigozhin kept a low public profile until recently but has become more outspoken in the course of the Ukraine war, including by criticising the performance of Russia’s generals.

In September he admitted to founding the Kremlin-aligned Wagner Group mercenary group, which is active in Syria, Africa and Ukraine. Last Friday it opened a defence technology centre in St Petersburg, a further step by Prigozhin to highlight his military credentials.

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first published:November 07, 2022, 18:25 IST
last updated:November 07, 2022, 18:25 IST
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