Interesting article with some new facts, from a Turkish news source.
Please excuse the typos, they came from the original source.
Hundreds of people work from 2014 in a block of offices in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to sow Internet communication in favor of the Kremlin 25 February 2018 Sunday 12:30
The war and “fascism” in Ukraine, “decline” of Europe, financial troubles of Greece; U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. All se subjects were target of critical remarks that “Factory of Lies” of Saint Petersburg generated when Marat Mindiyárov, of 43 years, went through that gear, from December 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015
In a café in St. Petersburg Mindiyárov told this week his experience to country. A few days earlier, U.S. Department of Justice spread report of special prosecutor Robert Mueller on alleged Russian interference in US political processes from 2014 to today, including 2016 elections.
The Mueller report denounces Internet Research Agency (AII) for creation and use of accounts with false or foreign identities to purchase advertisements and to pay services in United States, through technical resources located in that country and also to use citizens Americans outside ir participation in criminal plots directed from Sávuchkina Street number 55, in St. Petersburg.
The principal involved in 13-person list of prosecutor Mueller is Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of a powerful catering empire thanks to his good relations with Russian ruling class. Prigozhin is accused of financing through various companies interferences in American politics and presidential elections of 2016.
Mindiyárov, who currently works as a courier, says he is very pleased with Mueller’s report and believes that after his publication “Nothing will be same.” In so-called “factory of Lies”, our interlocutor was only a small piece in a propaganda apparatus that, according to investigations of RBK service, has evolved and has diversified over time to form a true informative empire In which a minimum of 16 means of “patriotic” orientation are integrated. These media, according to RBK, are agglutinated around so-called Federal news agency and occupy positions of head in Russian search engines.
In its original form, purely propaganda, factory is part of a reaction to protest rallies against irregularities in parliamentary and presidential elections of 2011 and 2012. “The Kremlin realized n that it had abandoned Internet in hands of opposition and pro-Western liberal sectors and began to rectify it,” says a well-informed communication field manager who prefers not to be quoted. The source claims to be unaware of linkage mechanism between “Lie factory” and Russian State structures and recalls little interest that Putin had shown on Internet in past.
Mindiyárov came to “factory of Lies” when he was about to remain unemployed, because hostel where he worked was to close his doors. One of clients wrote comments for establishment of Sávuchkina Street and encouraged him to try his luck. After an examination of verbal fluency and spelling and a survey of his ideological orientation, y put him to write texts. He worked 12 hours a day (two days in a row and two days off), for a salary ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 rubles (one euro today is equivalent to 69 rubles). According to account, it was part of a “brigade” of about 20 people installed in an office. In each of four floors of building re were between eight and ten offices with an analogous number of workers. So, according to Mindiyárov, several hundred people were working at local.
Following guidelines by email of tutors, brigade developed me of shift. Obama was “an endless vein,” according to our interlocutor. Sometimes, “you would get into absurd situations,” like getting point out of moment Obama took his chewing gum out of his mouth at an official ceremony during a visit to India. The Mindiyárov Brigade “invented four or five characters” who interacted on network, one of m in favor of American leader and rest against. The result was 135 comments on “degradation of customs in America,” he says. “Sometimes newsreels of state television reproduced issues we had been working with in same order and bias,” he says.
Mindiyárov remembers president’s Christmas visit to a church. “Putin was constantly praised and so much praise was dull. It was a monotonous and exhausting job. There were No conditions to be creative, “he says. Commentators placed ir lies on Internet pages of Russian provinces. Mindiyárov says he has not had contact with or commentators of international Workshop, directed to an auditorium outside of Russia. In recruiting staff to act on Facebook, a job that offered better salary than in ir section, y did not accept because of ir low level of English.
From kiosk of hot dogs to gastronomic empire Yevgeny Prigozhin, better known as “The Kremlin Cook”, began his career in Leningrad (today St. Petersburg) selling hot dogs, as he counted in 2011 in an interview with Gorod-812. Ru.
Without having finished his higher education as a pharmaceutical chemist, Prigozhin founded several restaurants in city of Neva. One of m, “Stáraia Tamozhna”, became a place of appointment between Russian politicians and foreign guests. Hence, entrepreneur went on to feed participants of events such as G-8 meetings ( summit of first world powers from which Russia was excluded in 2014). Prigozhin said he met Putin when he came to one of his restaurants accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Isiro Mori (en 2000). Putin n returned to restaurant in company of George Bush, who traveled to St. Petersburg in 2006.
After his success as a restaurateur, Prigozhin embarked on “catering” adventure aimed at teaching, civil servants and military institutions. The entrepreneur is proud to have founded first vacuum-packed precooked food factory in Russia, whose opening Putin attended in October 2010. Putin saw how I did business from kiosk and how I did not drop rings by personally bringing dish to crowned heads, when y come to me as guests, “he explained.
Prigozhin Food Companies Act as a poster, says journalist Alexandr Gorshkov, director of Fontanka.ru Information service, who cites Russia’s anti-monopoly committee. “They always win all contests that are presented and contracts with administration report billions of rubles that are spent on maintenance of private military companies” “The Lie Factory is part of a huge iceberg,” says Garshkov, which attributes more than thousand critical articles against Fontanka.ru appeared on Russian social networks since last August to its informations about company Wagner given by its agency.
Dzheijun Nasimi Ogly Aslánov, who directed that recruitment of cadres for Facebook, is now on list of prosecutor Mueller and may be extradited if he travels to countries with which Washington has an extradition agreement. According to Mindiyárov, Aslánov was humanly distinguished in group of “indifferent characters” — students, people who did not finish race —, concentrated in “spreading lies” in which y only believed “some madmen” who proclaimed ir ideas in kitchen, when Interrupted your work to eat.
As y would ingest contents of ir lunchboxes, “at most joke about how it was possible that in structures of Kremlin restorer [Prigozhin] There was not even a cantina,” he says. Mindiyárov had not signed any contract, had no documents to prove it as a collaborator of agency and received pay in cash. He was once overlooked for confusing Ukraine’s president Víctor Yanukovych with his successor, Petred Poroshenko, and criticizing first instead of second. He waited for payday and left without saying goodbye. Mindiyárov’s experience is prior to involvement of AII in U.S. election campaign. An investigation by RBK, published in October, states that task of discrediting image of American candidates was imparted in early spring of 2015.
Among structures linked to Prigozhin is private paramilitary company Wagner, now a public attention centre for unknowns about its dead troops in Syria. These two institutions — factory of lies and Wagner — could be considered as an example of state’s tendency to practice outsourcing of risky operations for ir own legitimacy, according to graduate Yekaterina Schulman. At radio station The Moscow Echo, this specialist warned of price of such “offshoring”, which can translate into an erosion of same state.