On February 16, 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought charges against 3 Russian companies and 13 Russian individuals accused of meddling in the US presidential election campaign in 2016. The Internet Research Agency, known as St Petersburg troll-factory, was accused of propaganda, providing disinformation, spreading fake news into media through false accounts in order to influence the US voters, destabilize political situation in the United States during the elections and help Donald Trump win the elections. The Agency was funded by two companies, Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering, owned by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, Vladimir Putin’s ally.
Considering the fact that American juridical system requires defendant to be present at the courtroom, but Concord leaders, the charged, remain in Russia and unlikely will be judged, the US Justice Department dismissed the case against the company, on Monday this week. More substantial reason of the decision refers to the “risks to the national security” and revealing classified information about “how the US detects and prevents foreign election interference”.
Concord was a part of case, the charges against other defendants and Yevgeny Prigozhin are still valid and will be investigated.