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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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 TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report 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.