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U.S. Charges Russian for Conspiracy to Interfere in ElectionsMore

U.S. Charges Russian for Conspiracy to Interfere in ElectionsMore

"Over time, these accounts became the conspiracy's primary means to reach significant numbers of Americans for purposes of interfering with the USA political system". "Emphasize that while serving as Speaker, this two-faced loudmouth has not accomplished anything good for America or for American citizens".

Khusyaynova, who is a resident of St. Petersburg, Russia, and is not in United States custody, billed Prigozhin and his companies to pay for advertisements on Facebook, bloggers, and for "development accounts" on Twitter, the complaint says.

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

Washington is concocting ludicrous charges against a Russian national for alleged election meddling merely to find reasons for new sanctions and to play the "Russia card" ahead of the midterms, a top Kremlin official has warned.

"It was possible to expect that the upcoming midterm elections would also become a convenient excuse for new attacks against Russian Federation and attributing the continuation of meddling to us", the embassy pointed out. It said there had not been any evidence that foreign hackers had compromised any election infrastructure such as voter registration databases or voting machines. "The U.S. will not tolerate interference in our democratic processes and DHS stands ready to defend our elections".

This is reportedly the first federal case claiming Russian interference in the 2018 election.

In that case, Mueller's office cited examples of Russians who adopted online personas and used Twitter and Facebook posts to sow doubts about Clinton, urge voters to support Green Party candidate Jill Stein and galvanize support for then-candidate Donald Trump. He added that "certain" U.S. politicians hope to use charges against Russian Federation to gain the upper hand in "interparty brawls" ahead of the midterm elections, slated for November 6.

"This effort was not only created to spread distrust towards candidates for USA political office and the US political system in general, but also to defraud the United States by impeding the lawful functions of government agencies in administering relevant federal requirements", according to the department.

It also says that between January 2016 and June 2018, Project Lakhta had a proposed budget of more than $35 million for all of its operations.

Prigozhin has been dubbed "Putin's cook" by Russian media because his catering business has organized banquets for the Russian leader and other senior political figures.

The criminal complaint said there was no evidence that Khusyaynova or others in the conspiracy succeeded in impacting the outcome of any United States election.

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

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

"Mueller is doing a fine job destroying himself", according to one Twitter posting in the criminal complaint.

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