Russian charged with conspiring to interfere in USA congressional elections

Russian woman charged with political interference in next month's midterm elections

Khusyaynova, 44, is alleged to be the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation funded by Prigozhin that sought to wage "information warfare" against the USA and had a $35m budget.

"We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public sentiment and government policies".

In their joint statement on Friday the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security also said they did not have any evidence that anyone went far enough to prevent voting or change vote counts.

Assistant Attorney General Demers said Khusyanynova "conspired with others who were part of a Russian influence campaign to interfere with US democracy".

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and three companies allegedly involved in meddling in the U.S. political system in February, which included Prigoyhin. No one was named in court papers besides Khusyaynova.

"The complaint states that Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, Russia, served as the chief accountant of "Project Lakhta", a Russian umbrella effort funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls: Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering".

Between January 2016 and June 2018, Project Lakhta's proposed operating budget totaled more than $35 million, although only a portion of these funds were directed at the United States.

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The Khusyaynova case shows "in detail that when we talk about Russian interference it is not something in history it is now", Carlin said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in July announced a new policy to alert the public to foreign operations targeting USA democracy, such as the one Russian Federation undertook in 2016.

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.

The Internet Research Agency "tampered with, altered, or caused a misappropriation of information with the goal or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes and institutions", specifically the 2016 U.S. presidential race, the Treasury Department said earlier this year.

The ODNI and hand-selected representatives from numerous same agencies accused RT and Sputnik of seeking to sow radical discontent in January 2017. In March, however, the Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions against Iranians accused in a hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies.

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

The conclusion reached by Americans spymasters led the US Department of Justice to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller to investigate foreign attempts to influence the US electoral system.

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