Russian man arrested after speaking about work at 'troll farm'

Russian man arrested after speaking about work at 'troll farm'
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A Russian man said Tuesday he was arrested shortly after he spoke to U.S. media outlets about his time working at a “troll factory.” 

Marat Mindiyarov told The Moscow Times he was detained by police Sunday night for allegedly making a false phone call about a bomb in a nearby village. He was released after questioning, and denies all charges against him, he told the newspaper.

Mindiyarov spoke to The Washington Post and The Associated Press after the U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly attempting to interfere in the 2016 election.

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The indictment claims the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump, and damage his opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE.

Mindiyarov said he worked for the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm based in St. Petersburg, Russia, where employees churned out propaganda on social media and fake news websites. 

"Your first feeling, when you ended up there, was that you were in some kind of factory that turned lying, telling untruths, into an industrial assembly line," he told The Washington Post.

While Mindiyarov and other employees were not named in the Justice Department’s indictment, the agency’s owner, Yegenvy Prigozhin, was. The Kremlin has denied any connection to the operation.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE claimed the latest indictment proves his campaign did not collude with Russia.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, though, is still ongoing.