US charges Russian for conspiracy to interfere in elections

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Khusyaynova and Project Lakhta are tied to the Russian agencies named in special counsel Robert Mueller's July federal indictment in Washington, D.C., against 12 Russian nationals for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The Justice Department unsealed the criminal complaint on the same day that US intelligence agencies, in a rare public statement, asserted that Russia, China, Iran and other countries are engaged in continuous efforts to influence American policy and voters in the upcoming elections and beyond. Also Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned that "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China, and Japan were underway to influence the midterms and the 2020 elections.

Khusyaynova managed Project Lakhta's finances, the complaint alleges.

Prigozhin, who was among those personally charged by Mueller, has been dubbed "Putin's cook" by Russian media because his catering business has organized banquets for Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior political figures.

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Those allegedly involved in the operation attempted to present themselves as Americans, the DOJ said. They were also told to say that McCain had a "pathological hatred toward Donald Trump and toward all his initiatives". And, by using the "thousands of social media and email accounts" that were generated, they allegedly tried "to create and amplify divisive social and political content targeting US audiences", the news release said. Examples include attempts to influence voters through social media, sponsoring content in English language media such as the Russian outlet RT, or "seeding disinformation through sympathetic spokespersons regarding political candidates and disseminating foreign propaganda".

But Trump recently accused China of meddling in the midterms, and Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech this month that Russia's actions in 2016 pale in comparison to the covert and overt activities by China to interfere in the current elections and counter Trump's tough trade policies against Beijing.

"This effort was not only created to spread distrust towards candidates for US political office and the USA 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. They also allegedly focused on events like the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville and specific mass shootings, the complaint alleges. Some state and local governments, which run polling sites, have reported attempts to access their networks, but officials were able to "prevent access or quickly mitigate these attempts", the agencies said in a joint statement.