The Justice Department on Friday charged Elena Khusyaynova, 44, who is not in United States custody, with conspiracy for allegedly managing a $10 million, oligarch-funded scheme to manipulate USA voters through social media ads and web postings, much of it involving misinformation.
Among the topics were gun control, gay rights, the women's march, and the National Football League anthem debate.
"Foreign interference in USA elections is a threat to our democracy", said the statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential election in favour of Donald Trump.
Project Lakhta is allegedly funded by Russian oligarch and associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, and two companies he controls.
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.
US intelligence officials say they're concerned about "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China, Iran and other countries to undermine confidence in American democracy.
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But the data reported Tuesday represents "a substantially larger number than in previous months this year", Messonnier said. The CDC received information on 33 confirmed cases of AFM across 16 states in 2017, 149 cases in 39 states.
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".
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security said they do not have any evidence that anyone went far enough to prevent voting or change vote counts.
Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Homeland Security Departments have set up foreign influence task forces to detect such operations and share threat information within the government, with tech firms and state and local election officials.
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 statement said. The company's USA lawyer, Eric Dubelier of Reed Smith, won a significant legal point this week when the presiding judge ordered Mueller's prosecutors to justify the charges they'd brought against Concord.
The two companies were among three entities and 13 Russians who were accused of meddling votes to favour of US President Donald Trump and oust his opponent, Hilary Clinton.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said recently that Russia has no intention of interfering in the midterm elections.
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.