The anticipated testimony will focus on the most prominent Russian national charged in the indictment, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a St. Petersburg restaurateur who enjoys close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and who has expanded his business empire to become a key contractor for the Russian military.
Prosecutors say Prigozhin ran the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm that allegedly sponsored and coordinated online troll activity during the 2016 U.S. election.
…Aftergood said the U.S. government’s willingness to roll out a first-hand witness in the case is surprising because there is little concrete at stake in the trial. Concord could be fined if convicted, but the firm is not known to have any assets in the U.S., so the penalty might never be collected.
Feds: Mystery witness will implicate ‘Putin’s chef’ in election interference – POLITICO