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Excerpt: "A former employee of St. Petersburg's infamous 'troll factory' was arrested in St. Petersburg on Sunday, hours after speaking about his work as a pro-Kremlin commentator to foreign journalists."

Marat Mindiyarov was arrested on Sunday after speaking to Western journalists. (photo: Alexander Scherbak/TASS)
Marat Mindiyarov was arrested on Sunday after speaking to Western journalists. (photo: Alexander Scherbak/TASS)

Former 'Kremlin Troll' Arrested After Speaking to Western Journalists

By The Moscow Times

21 February 18


former employee of St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory” was arrested in St. Petersburg on Sunday, hours after speaking about his work as a pro-Kremlin commentator to foreign journalists.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three companies on Friday for involvement in a sophisticated, years-long conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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

Before his arrest, 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.

The former "troll" said he had been instructed to write 200 online comments per day that were critical of Western governments as part of his work at the organization in 2014.

Mindiyarov was released after being questioned at the police station late on Sunday. He faces up to five years in prison for resisting a police officer in November 2017, a charge he denies.

“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 to journalists about his work at the troll factory. your social media marketing partner


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+3 # RICHARDKANE.Philadelphia 2018-02-21 10:47
There are thousands of people clogging the internet with multiple names from the Saudi Government, Israel, and the choice, life, marriage equality, and anti gay causes, one Israeli group openly urged writers to pretend to be others while pushing Israel.

Reader Supported News has limited traffic by being left out,

At least Moscow Times could report a paid blogger unlike in Turkey, Only countries like Iran are not allowed to lobby, now supposedly Russia will be added.
0 # Johnny 2018-02-21 13:26
Does Mueller really want to protect U.S. sovereignty from foreign political meddling, or is he just blowing hot air propaganda? Will he indict the billionaire Israeli citizens who pull the strings that make the U.S. government dance?
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-02-22 00:27
It really appears that Mueller is continuing the Clinton/Obama policy of supporting the Nazis in Ukraine and turning Americans against Russia. All the charges against Manafort are for the work he did for Ukranian president Yanukovych. It is as if Mueller wants to criminalize anyone who worked for Yanukovych because he was a president supported by Russia.

Here are two very revealing articles on what Mueller is up to:

Did Trump Cut a Deal on the "Collusion" Charge?

Russiagate-Trump Gets Solved by Giant of American Investigative Journalism
Eric Zuesse

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