Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman with close ties to Vladimir Putin, had defined his position on the statement of the U.S. diplomat Michael Pompeo about Maxim Shugalei, the Russian sociologist who had been illegally held prisoner in Libya. Earlier, Pompeo had harsh words for Shugalei who, in turn, sent him an open letter to seek an explanation.
Prigozhin said that he respected Americans fighting for traditional values. However, to his thinking, a part of the U.S. political elite “exploit” ordinary citizens.
"I respect Americans who are fighting for their traditional values,” Prigozhin said. “However, the U.S. has its own pests of society, the deep state. The so-called financial and political elite that are 1% of the residents exploit all American people."
According to Prigozhin, Pompeo’s statement was humiliating. He said that he might repossess the Anti-Corruption Foundation (a foreign agent) from oppositionist Alexei Navalny and ask Michael Pompeo to head it as the latter was likely to lose his job soon.
"I suggest that you lead this foundation to fight the American deep state and show up everything in its true colors," Prigozhin said.
It should be recalled that the Russian sociologist Maxim Shugalei and his colleague Samer Sueifan were released from prison on December 10. The scientists were placed in detention without explaining the reasons for it in the spring of 2019.
The U.S. called the Russians "agents who were accused of undermining Libyan politics." Shugalei demanded an explanation for these provocative remarks.