Activist state

State Department offers reward for election interference information

The US State Department is offering up to $10 million for information on foreign individuals or groups seeking to disrupt the US election, specifically pointing to a Russian troll farm known as Internet Research Agency (IRA) and its alleged backer.

The award offer comes just months before Americans head to the polls for the 2022 midterm elections.

US intelligence agencies and investigation reports say that during the 2016 presidential election the IRA used workers to create fake social media accounts and pose as Americans, infiltrating genuine activist communities and sowing division. US intelligence agencies believe the company is under orders from the Russian government.

The State Department is also seeking information on Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a Russian businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin, who is believed to be providing funds to the IRA through his companies, as well as a handful of other Russian nationals who allegedly worked for the IRA. Prigozhin has previously been sanctioned by the US government for his alleged links to the IRA.

The award is offered by the Department of State Rewards for Justice program, which since its launch in 1984 has paid out more than $250 million to more than 125 individuals who have provided information that has helped solve threats to the national security of the United States.