The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova of organizing a conspiracy to intervene in the elections to the US Congress, which will be held in November 2018, reports The Washington Post.
The statement by the Justice Ministry notes that Khusyaynova held the position of chief accountant in the Lakhta project, which was funded by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin and two companies under his control - Concord Management and Concord Catering.
The US authorities believe that the Russian woman controlled financial documents regarding the costs of activities in the United States, including the work of activists, advertising in social networks, domain registration and promotion of news in social networks. Project-related accounts wrote comments on immigration, arms control, LGBT, racial relations, police violence, and so on. The campaign budget from January 2016 to June 2018 amounted to $ 35 million, but only part of the funds went to activities in the United States. At the same time, from January to June 2018, $10 million was allocated to the Lakhta project, according to the Ministry of Justice.
"The purpose of this alleged collusion, which continues today, is to sow discord in the US political system and to undermine faith in our democracy," the statement said.
The charges against Khusyaynova came just as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned that it was concerned about “ongoing campaigns” by Russia, China and Iran to interfere with the upcoming midterm elections and the 2020 race — an ominous message just weeks before voters head to the polls.
Earlier Twitter reported thousands of accounts associated with interference in the elections in the United States.