The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday charged a Russian woman with participating in a conspiracy to influence next month’s midterm elections, underlying the degree to which Moscow is seeking to interfere in the United States. “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,” the joint statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security said. “These activities also may seek to influence voter perceptions and decision making in the 2018 and 2020 U.S. elections.” Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg allegedly conspired with other actors as part of an influence campaign “to interfere with U.S. democracy," Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENT She is alleged to have overseen financing for "Project Lakhta," an umbrella Russian effort engaged in political interference operations which included the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin troll farm. Khusyaynova, 44, is the first individual to be charged in relation to the midterm elections, which are now less than weeks away. The races serve as a critical test for U.S. officials after Russia was… Read full this story
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