A Russian citizen became the first accused before the US Justice to try to interfere in the US elections, just over two weeks before the legislative elections of 2018, the government reported today.
Elena Khusyaynova, a 44-year-old Russian accountant and resident of St. Petersburg, was charged today with a conspiracy to defraud the United States. for his supposed participation in a structure that financed and coordinated ads and publications on social networks that aimed to generate division within the US political system.
The operation sought to influence the last general elections of 2016, in which Trump was victorious, and in the elections on November 6.
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, the formal accusation – which was confidential until now – was registered in a federal court in the state of Virginia and it states that among the attempts of interference of the Russian citizen was as objective the upcoming elections of November.
Presumably, Khusyaynova was in charge of the financial management of the operations of a project known as "Lakhta", including the handling of documents such as spending on activism, advertisements on social networks, domain registration on the internet and the purchase of digital servers.
Between January 2016 and June 2018, this project had an initial budget of 35 million dollars, although only a portion of these were destined for the USA. Between January and June of this year, they have invested 10 million.
According to internal messages analyzed by the US Government, members of the "Lakhta" team referred to this project as an "information war against the United States".
This group supposedly appeared as American activists and among its actions is the creation of fake users on social networks.
The accusation announced today is not within the investigation of the so-called Russian plot, but was brought before the courts by common federal authorities and not by the special prosecutor's office that investigates the alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to harm the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.
However, the project in question, according to the US, was supported by Russian companies and oligarchs that do appear to be imputed in the investigations led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Local media pointed out that the accused is not in US custody.