The Russian authorities called charges of meddling with the United States (US) election charged to 13 of its citizens, as an absurd or absurd charge.
"Thirteen people intervened in the US election – 13 against the billions of dollars from the Special Service intelligence and counter-intelligence, against the latest developments and technologies? " said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova, as reported by AFP Saturday (17/2/2018).
"Absurd? Yes, but this is the reality of modern American politics," he added while insinuating the United States.
The indictment for 13 Russians was released by special prosecutor Robert Mueller who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign team with Russia to influence the 2016 election results on Friday (19/2). ] One of the indictees was a Russian businessman named Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin who was known as the close man of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin has been dubbed the 'Putin chef' by Russian media, because his catering company often hosts Kremlin guests.
In the indictment, Prigozhin is said to use some of its companies to fund the 2016 presidential intervention operation. In addition to 13 individuals, there are three Russian companies also charged with the indictment, namely Internet Research Agency (IRA), Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering. The last two companies belong to Prigozhin.
The indictment refers to the IRA as a Russian organization involved in election intervention operations and political processes, especially in the US. IRA is said to be running a secret campaign to lead the US presidential election in 2016.
The indictment details Russia's dark operations that began in 2014 and aims to divide the United States and affect American politics including the 2016 presidential election. Mueller's allegations began in mid-2016, the Russian team directed by Prigozhin focused on catapulting Trump and dropping Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a US presidential election campaign.
Allegedly, the Russian team involved hundreds of people working in turns with millions of dollars. According to the indictment, a number of Russian team members stole identities and disguised themselves as US citizens on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, and posted content affecting 'large numbers' of US citizens.
The Russian team is basically based in the home town of Putin, Saint Petersburg. But some of them, who are now defendants, have traveled to the US, including Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, and New York. The visit was conducted to gather intelligence information for IRA operations.
(nvc / rna)