The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released information on the search for 13 Russians. The information was published on the FBI website on Friday, February 26.
The Russian citizens are wanted for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The bureau has promised a reward for information leading to their arrest.
“These individuals allegedly took actions <...> to interfere in the political system of the United States, including the 2016 presidential election. On February 16, 2018, federal arrest warrants for these individuals were issued in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia after they were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States,” according to the website.
The total reward for information about the wanted Russians is $1.15 million. The FBI is promising $75,000 for information about each person, except for businessman and head of Concord Yevgeny Prigozhin – the bureau is offering a $250,000 reward for him.
The press service of “Concord” on their page in “VKontakte” commented on the published announcement about the search for Prigozhin. According to the company, Interpol excluded the businessman from its database and removed the “red notice” against him from June 29 to July 3 last year. The basis for this was the statements of the company and its head, which were filed with Interpol on July 12, 2019.
In addition, as noted in the press office, on March 17 last year, the criminal charges of alleged interference in the U.S. election were completely dismissed by the U.S. Justice Department against Concord Management and Consulting LLC.
In March 2020, the director of Concord announced a $50 billion lawsuit against the U.S. for unlawful prosecution and sanctions.
A few days later, Prigozhin asked the U.S. attorney general to file criminal charges against former U.S. President Barack Obama and several U.S. officials over the company’s allegations of meddling in the U.S. presidential election. The businessman accused them of collusion, falsification of documents and misconduct, and stressed that the illegal initiation of criminal proceedings against Concord defames the company, Prigozhin’s reputation, as well as the Russian Federation.
In 2016, after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, Democrats accused him of ties with Russia and Moscow of interfering in the election process. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller took over the investigation and found no evidence of ties between Russia and Trump. Moscow has repeatedly denied the baseless and unsubstantiated allegations, calling them part of an internal political struggle in the United States.