Russian operatives were preparing to influence Wednesday’s election by launching a disinformation campaign in favor of the governing African National Congress, according to documents seen by the media. A Russian nongovernmental organization connected to Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was apparently behind the plan. Researchers say there is no evidence the propaganda campaign had any effect.
Haven’t we heard of Prigozhin before? According to the Mueller investigation, he runs Russia’s Internet Research Agency, which led the smear campaign against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. election.
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