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Russian woman charged with USA election-meddling

Russian woman charged with USA election-meddling

A Russian woman named Elena Khusyaynova was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States Friday by the Justice Department as she stands accused of working to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.

It also comes as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned that it was concerned about "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China and Iran to interfere in the mid-term elections on 6 November.

The complaint included Facebook and Twitter posts that were both critical of Republicans and supportive of President Donald Trump.

The indictment said Yelena Khusyainova was involved in a criminal conspiracy as the chief accountant for Project Lakhta.

The complaint says it did find any evidence that Khusyaynova or anyone else involved in the conspiracy had any impact on the outcome of any US election.

She also budgeted millions of dollars this year for online social media efforts directed and the U.S. and Europe.

In July, Mueller's office also indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers who were accused of hacking Democratic computer networks as part of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

The two companies - Concord Management and Concord Catering - were among three entities and 13 Russian individuals who were indicted by Mr Mueller in February.

In that effort, they pumped out millions of postings via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms created to stir up animosity between political camps and groups in society.

Trump also signed an executive order last month authorizing additional sanctions against countries or people who interfere in USA elections, though some lawmakers say the measure does not go far enough.

The indictment against Khusyainova suggested USA investigators have gained detailed inside knowledge of the IRA's operations.

Project Lakhta has a budget of $35m, but not all of their projects are directed at the U.S., according to officials.

An itemized budget for Project Lakhta totaled about $1 million US dollars for February 2017, according to the complaint.

The money served to pay for IRA activists, social media advertising, registering domain names and buying proxy servers, all needed for the group's influence operations.

The indictment does not allege that any American knowingly worked with the Russians.

"They hate the Police They hate the Military They hate YOUR President". "Some social media accounts posted tens of thousands of messages, and had tens of thousands of followers". "Over time, these accounts became the conspiracy's primary means to reach significant numbers of Americans for purposes of interfering with the US political system".

America's justice department disclosed the latest criminal complaint soon after United States intelligence agencies said they were concerned about efforts by Russia, Chinaand Iran to influence USA voters and policy.

Friday's separate statement about foreign influence in USA elections was issued just weeks before the November 6 elections by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.


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