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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 10, 2017: Concord Catering General Director Yevgeny Prigozhin seen after the sixth meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 10, 2017: Concord Catering General Director Yevgeny Prigozhin seen after the sixth meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

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US investigators believe Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch dubbed "chef" to President Vladimir Putin by the Russian press, financed a Russian "troll factory" that used social media to spread fake news during the 2016 US presidential campaign, according to multiple officials briefed on the investigation.

Exclusive: Putin's 'chef,' the man behind the troll factory

US investigators believe Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch dubbed "chef" to President Vladimir Putin by the Russian press, financed a Russian "troll factory" that used social media to spread fake news during the 2016 US presidential campaign, according to multiple officials briefed on the investigation.