Russia Embassy slams media reports that it interfered in SA elections, calls them 'hit pieces'

- | 7 months ago

In response to a query by News24, Russian Embassy press-attaché Alexander Kulyaev said Russia "does not interfere or meddle in the internal affairs of other countries" and slammed reports as 'hit pieces' designed to portray Russia in a negative light.

Last week – on May, 7 – Daily Maverick reported on an alleged plot by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin to discredit opposition party leaders Julius Malema and Mmusi Maimane. Prigozhin who is known to be close to Putin, is believed to be behind the infamous Internet Research Agency and was one of a handful of people indicted by the US Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interference in the US presidential elections in 2016.

Daily Maverick reported that an NGO named the Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (Afric), together with political technologist Peter Bychkov – who works for Prigozhin – were involved in a scheme to create a disinformation campaign that would create and distribute propaganda against the DA and the EFF, South Africa's two largest opposition parties.

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