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The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova alleges that Russians are using some of the same techniques to influence U. Justice Department prosecutors claim that Khusyaynova, of St. Petersburg, helped manage the finances of a hidden but powerful Russian social media effort aimed at spreading distrust for American political candidates and causing divisions on hot-button social issues like immigration and gun control.
The Justice Department unsealed the criminal complaint on the same day that U. National security adviser John Bolton he to Russia on Saturday. The U. But so far, they said, state and local officials have been able to prevent access or quickly mitigate these attempts. In the criminal complaint, prosecutors say Khusyaynova worked for the same social media troll farm that was indicted earlier this year by Mueller. Prosecutors say the conduct singled out on Friday runs afoul of criminal laws that bar foreign nationals from attempting to influence American elections or from engaging in political activities without first registering with the attorney general.
Since at leastthe group created thousands of fake social media profiles and s that appeared to be from people inside the U. The Russian organizers of the conspiracy advised that the posts should reflect various viewpoints, and they gave specific instructions to only share articles from certain news websites to correspond to specific political views, prosecutors said. After one news article targeting Republican Sen. There is no allegation in the complaint of coordination with the Trump campaign.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said recently that Russia has no intention of interfering in the midterm elections.
Given the breadth of alleged interference by Russia, which includes the hacking of Democratic s ahead of the presidential election, it was notable that the intelligence community identified two other nations — China and Iran — in the same statement.
The officials have cited largely public steps taken by China, such as aiming tariffs at politically important states and pressuring U. They also distribute propaganda and plant disinformation against political candidates, the departments said. Intelligence agencies have not publicly released evidence of Iran working to meddle in U. In March, however, the Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions against Iranians accused in a hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies.
Lawmakers said the newest criminal complaint is proof that Russian meddling did not stop in Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee. Virginia Sen. By The Associated Press - Oct 20, Interests The Telegraph Daily Newsletter.Nashua russian woman
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