From Novaya Gazeta September 2013 article (Google Translate from Russian):
“From the data of the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, it follows that the organization was registered on July 26, 2013. The founder is Mikhail Kurkin, the general director is Nikolai Chumakov.”
“In June 2014, the private news service BuzzFeed from New York could intercept some documents of the Internet Research Agency, a company founded on July 26, 2013 in Saint Petersburg by Mikhail Kurkin, and headed by director Nikolay Churmakov.”
I’m unable to find any other outside sources confirm Kurkin’s involvement with IRA. Seems odd they mention Buzzfeed 2014 article, but I can’t find any such Buzzfeed article that includes that name.
I’m seeing elsewhere sometimes Mikhail Bystrov is named as IRA founder. Is there some confusion between these two people? I’m not even finding much independent of IRA searches on any Mikhail Kurkin.
This may or may not be the same Mikhail Kurkin, BBC September 2001:
“Mikhail Kurkin of the Interior Ministry says attacks by skinheads are serious but not widespread.
Yet the victims of violence say police records are a poor indicator as many of those attacked do not report the crime.
Victims complain that the police officers themselves are racist and random document checks, detainment and even beatings are commonplace.
Mikhail Kurkin is adamant the police are doing their best to protect Moscow’s diverse population and that there is no such thing as institutional racism in his force
Mr Kurkin said recent increase in terrorist attacks in Moscow has led to police implementing a series of measures, including document checks.”
Possibly tenuous/wrong connection warning ^.