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In Russia, another scandal involving Putin’s chef clearly has its origins in the offices of the GRU.

GRU agents leak Yevgeny Prigozhin’s troll factory

Another scandal involving such a gray cardinal of Russian modernity as Yevgeny Prigozhin vividly demonstrates how carefully and patiently he was nurtured on the beneficial soil of the confrontation between the GRU and the FSB.

We are talking about an investigation by Novaya Gazeta dedicated to the connection of former and current subordinates of Yevgeny Prigozhin with Russian nationalists. In particular, the investigation mentions Anna Bogacheva, an employee of the Internet Research Agency, who was on the US sanctions list last year and was a former activist of the Russian Image organization, better known as Anna Trigga. And it was through this character, Anna Bogacheva, that, in fact, all the ins and outs of Prigogine was revealed by journalists.

However, studying the materials in more detail, it only does not become obvious to a blindly deaf-mute that in fact Anna Bogacheva (Trigga) is a development of the GRU! But first things first.

As you know, through a copy of the deleted VKontakte account, the journalists were able to link and identify Anna Bogacheva and Anna Trygga as one and the same person. But, it is noteworthy that in 2015 Bogacheva appeared in the case file of the creator of the “Russian Image” Ilya Goryachev, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the BORN case, and also took part in the events of the “Right to Arms” organization with Maria Butina.

And here is the most interesting. That the BORN organization, that Maria Butina are all projects of the GRU. Moreover, the patronage of BORN was handled by the well-known “not just a journalist” Dmitry Steshin, a staff member of the GRU, working under the guise of a special correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda.

In addition, it was Steshin who oversaw the work of the Russian Image magazine, which became the basis for the Combat Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN), whose members fought in the Donbass, provided services as hired killers, on whose account the murder of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova.

It is also worth recalling that until 2013 the killers from BORN were hiding from justice on the territory of Serbia, where a similar organization “Serbian insults” was created (in the past, the “Serbian Image” was banned in 2012 by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia). And, as you know, Serbia is a Balkan bridgehead or a transshipment base, if you like, for the GRU, which was perfectly shown by the events in Montenegro.

As for the citizen of the Russian Federation, Maria Butina, who was arrested in the United States, as you know, she did not turn out to be a “tough nut” and very quickly began to leak her handlers to the Americans, thanks to which it became known that she was carrying out the tasks of the GRU.

That is, it is perfectly clear that “strangers” are not allowed to “parties” of the GRU agents, and, therefore, Bogachev-Trigga was directly related to this power structure.

But, most noteworthy is that the scandal that originated with the deanonymization of Bogacheva-Trigga primarily hits the African foothold of Yevgeny Prigozhin. After all, it is these people, the so-called “nationalists”, who are connected or directly work for Yevgeny Prigozhin in his “back office” in St. Petersburg. But it is there that the “African direction” of cook Putin is being worked out.

And this is not surprising, because since last year the struggle between the Russian Defense Ministry, represented by Sergei Shoigu, and the FSB, represented by Yevgeny Prigozhin, has intensified over Africa since last year.

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Perhaps the loudest episode of this confrontation was the murder in the Central African Republic of Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguev, who were directly related to the Russian Defense Ministry and, in fact, carried out the task of investigating the actions of the Prigozhensky PMC “Wagner” in this country. The result was the liquidation of “journalists”.

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A less noticeable episode in this story was the demand of the Seleka gang, which opposes the current authorities of the CAR, to withdraw from the republic the Russian military, who allegedly stood behind the removal of the chairman of the CAR parliament from their duties. But, what is most interesting, Seleka itself in the CAR serves the needs of Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner PMC, but the ultimatum was addressed to the RF Ministry of Defense, which announced the opening of its representative office in the Central African Republic just 3 weeks before the demand was made.

In fact, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as a competing company, quite legally and officially entered the CAR, not only through its Patriot PMC, but also directly as a structure, which the FSB could not afford. Yevgeny Prigozhin and the FSB as a whole clearly did not like this, who staked out plots through their Wagner PMC and close cooperation with the Seleka illegal armed group.

Since then, the battle over the African pie between the GRU and the FSB has only intensified. Moreover, the British edition of The Guradian wrote about interference in the internal affairs of at least 13 African countries last summer. And the main instrument of this interference was called both the “troll factory” by Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Wagner PMC.

Moreover, Prigozhin’s structures managed to inherit not only in the Central African Republic, but also in Libya, Sudan, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, the Republic of South Africa, South Sudan, Congo, Chad, Zambia, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Mali.

Interestingly, in parallel with the publication of The Guradian, the Russian Ambassador to Senegal and the Gambia Sergey Kryukov unexpectedly and suddenly passed away. But further – more.

Nobody helped in the investigation of The Guradian, but employees of the analytical group “Dossier Center” of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, under whose patronage the above-mentioned Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguev were sent to the CAR last year.

That is, the PEARS, through The Guradian, worked out Prigozhin’s informational slaps in the face, also, focusing on the fact that with a large-scale infusion of Kremlin funds into his operations, “Putin’s chef” was successfully doing business only in the Central African Republic, South Africa and Libya, and in other countries – complete fiasco. And, suddenly, a significant part of the diplomatic and political fiasco was on the conscience of Sergei Kryukov!

In Senegal, the candidate for whom the Prigozhinites were betting, Usmani Sonko took third place in the elections. Moreover, the information that the Russians sponsor and support him information reached the re-elected president, which, of course, affected bilateral relations. Prigozhinites failed to keep the situation under control in Sudan, where they overthrew al-Bashir, who enjoyed the support of Moscow.

But, The Guradian material is a thing of the past, and a fresh investigation, in fact, delivers another crushing blow to Prigozhin’s authority. And it’s hard not to guess who is now rubbing their hands in the high offices on Grizodubova Street, given the fact that the person through whom they managed to unwind this whole tangle, Anna Bogacheva-Trigga, was not just in the circle of GRU-affiliated and supervised personalities and organizations.

Of course, in the high offices of the Kremlin, such a shame is unlikely to be perceived with understanding and indifference. And this means that in the near future the African pie will no longer be divided at Lubyanka, but at Grizodubova.

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By Treadstone 71

@Treadstone71LLC Cyber intelligence, counterintelligence, Influence Operations, Cyber Operations, OSINT, Clandestine Cyber HUMINT, cyber intel and OSINT training and analysis, cyber psyops, strategic intelligence, Open-Source Intelligence collection, analytic writing, structured analytic techniques, Target Adversary Research, cyber counterintelligence, strategic intelligence analysis, estimative intelligence, forecasting intelligence, warning intelligence, threat intelligence