Russian charged with vote meddling

21 October, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Russian Woman Accused of Trying to Sway Midterms

"Today's charges allege that Russian national Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova conspired with others who were part of a Russian influence campaign to interfere with US democracy", said Assistant Attorney General Demers in a statement.

In an odd bit of timing, the indictment was announced just minutes after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence expressed concernthat China, Iran and Russian Federation could seek to undermine confidence in the November 6 midterm elections, when control of the US Congress is up for grabs. US officials have warned repeatedly about foreign attempts to influence the 2018 Midterms. He has been hit with sanctions by the US government.

In a joint statement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Homeland Security Department, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation say they're anxious about activities that "seek to influence voter perceptions and decision-making" in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

The statement said there isn't any evidence that foreign meddling has allowed adversaries to "prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt our ability to tally votes", but the warning comes less than three weeks before the midterm elections in which Republican control of Congress is at stake.

Those two companies were among three entities and 13 Russian individuals who were indicted by Mr Mueller's office in an alleged criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential race, improve Donald Trump's profile and damage that of Hillary Clinton.

Khusyaynova's case was unsealed at the same time law enforcement and intelligence agencies issued a warning that Russia, China, Iran and other foreign entities are attempting to interfere with November 6 congressional elections, Reuters reported.

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 four agencies said.


She is said to have managed a so-called troll farm which posts inflammatory content online. Another fake Facebook account, in the name of "Rachell Edison", made more than 700 posts focused on gun control and the Second Amendment.

United States authorities say their "activities did not exclusively adopt one ideological view; they wrote on topics from varied and sometimes opposing perspectives".

The Khusyaynova case is being prosecuted by assistant United States attorneys in the Eastern District of Virginia. There is no allegation in the complaint of coordination with the Trump campaign. They were also told to say that McCain had a "pathological hatred toward Donald Trump and toward all his initiatives".

Who is undermining democracy?

The charges against Ms Khusyaynova come as White House National Security Advisor John Bolton is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

In July, 12 Russians were charged with hacking Democratic Party emails during the 2016 United States presidential election.

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