Russian Regulators Find Illegal Cartel Where Navalny Says He Unmasked ‘Putin’s Favorite Chef’

According to Navalny, Prigozhin operates several similar schemes that have won a total of 180 billion rubles ($3.2 billion) in Russian defense contracts, including multiple no-bid procurement deals.

Writing on Facebook, Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said she can’t explain why the Federal Antimonopoly Service identified only some of the companies in what she says is Prigozhin’s cartel. She also lamented that officials chose to ignore evidence that Prigozhin uses a firm called “Concord Management and Consulting” to run the cartel.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation says it will file a police report against those responsible for the cartel, following the Antimonopoly Service’s full report, which is expected in a few weeks. If convicted, executives at these companies could face up to six years in prison.