strategic culture foundation

2 bounties

Organization: strategic culture foundation

SCF is an online journal registered in Russia that is controlled by the SVR’s Directorate of Active Measures and is closely affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SCF was designated pursuant to E.O. 13848 on April 15, 2021, for having engaged in foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Since then, SCF has continued to make attempts to reach an audience, despite being banned on many social media and payment platforms following U.S. sanctions. SCF has created additional media outlets to promote its narratives, including Odna Rodyna and Rhythm of Eurasia. In 2021, SCF used Odna Rodyna to reach Ukrainian audiences. In 2021, SCF posted content alleging that the United States was supporting Ukraine in order to “debilitate Russia.” The SVR and SCF work to promote another affiliated media outlet, Journal Kamerton, which hosts a litany of articles denigrating Ukraine. Svetlana Georgiyevna Zamlelova (Zamlelova) is the Chief Editor of Journal Kamerton. One of the SCF’s main tactics is to publish Western fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists, giving them wider reach, while trying to obscure the Russian origins of the journal. This tactic helps the site appear to be an organic voice within its target audience of Westerners. SCF affiliates Odna Rodyna, Rhythm of Eurasia, and Journal Kamerton are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13848 for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, SCF. Zamlelova is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13848 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Journal Kamerton.




yevgeniy prigozhin

2 bounties

Organization: russian oligarchs and influential figures

Yevgeniy prigozhin, who was previously designated pursuant to multiple sanctions authorities for facilitating attempts to interfere in u.s. elections and supporting the gor, is the russian financier of the internet research agency (ira), which he utilizes to operate global influence operations. prigozhin directs the generation of content to denigrate the u.s. electoral process and funds russian interference efforts while also attempting to evade sanctions by standing up front and shell companies both in and outside of russia. prigozhin's influence apparatus is reportedly supporting russian government designed influence operations within ukraine. these influence efforts are focused on sowing discord on social issues in early 2021, prigozhin continued to coordinate messages in an attempt to spread disinformation about the united states government. his vast global network spreads false narratives online. prigozhin’s influence efforts extend beyond the united states. ofac has previously targeted these activities around the world, particularly through the kremlin-backed wagner group, on the continent of africa. in 2021, prigozhin assisted russia’s efforts to interfere in elections and subvert public opinion in asia. russia’s efforts to promote false narratives on various topics, including russia-ukraine relations, relies on platforms associated with prigozhin. prigozhin also made efforts to spread disinformation on european politicians and officials to specifically achieve russia’s goals in relation to ukraine.