Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Russia's former finance minister Alexei Kudrin, the head of the chair of the Audit Chamber in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 4, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin scoffs at US indictment of Russians in campaign probe

June 04, 2018 - 4:00 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the U.S. indictment of 13 Russians, scoffing at the notion that a person described as his chef could interfere with the U.S. presidential election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller in February charged Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman dubbed "Putin's chef," and 12 others in an alleged conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 election.

Putin dismissed the charges as "ridiculous" during an interview on Monday with Austrian public broadcaster ORF.

The Russia leader said: "How low the Western information and political environment has fallen if a restaurateur from Russia could influence elections in the United States or a European country."

The 13 people indicted are accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the U.S. election, including running a huge social media trolling campaign.

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