Michael Weiss

Director for Special Investigations, Free Russia Foundation

Pierre Vaux

A journalist and a researcher specializing in open-source
investigations

Sep 29, 2020
The Company You Keep: Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Influence Operations in Africa

Yevgeny Prigozhin, or “Putin’s chef,” as he’s called in the press, is notorious for two things: dispatching Russian mercenaries into war zones and running a troll farm accused of interfering in democratic elections. This report by Michael Weiss and Pierre Vaux features new insights, including leaked materials from within Prigozhin’s own organization, into how his operation in Africa has evolved into the realm of political consultancy and “election monitoring” using a network of European far-right extremists.

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