U.S. Charges Russian With Trying to Influence 2018 Midterms

from The Wall Street Journal,

U.S. intelligence agencies also say Russia, China and Iran unsuccessfully attempted to intervene in elections.

Federal prosecutors have charged a Russian national in a wide-ranging conspiracy designed to undermine U.S. elections including next month’s midterms, according to charges unsealed Friday, in the first-known case targeting the November campaign. In a 73-page affidavit accompanying the charges, authorities described Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, Russia, as the “chief accountant” of a broad online disinformation campaign designed to inflame U.S. public opinion and exacerbate tensions within U.S. society Ms. Khusyaynova managed an effort called “Project Lakhta,” which targeted U.S. elections in 2016 and 2018 with a total operating budget of $35 million between January 2016 and June 2018, authorities say. The effort was funded by a Russian oligarch and two companies he controls--and continues through today, according to the charges. Ms. Khusyaynova, who resides in Russia, couldn't immediately be reached. As a Russian citizen operating with the backing of powerful Russians, she is unlikely to face trial in the U.S

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