Good afternoon .a grand jury in the district of Columbia today returned an indictment presented by the Special Counsel's Office.
The indictment charges thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies for committing federal crimes while seeking to interfere In the United States political system including the 2016 presidential election.
The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States.
With the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system.
In general, according to the allegations of New Diamond, 12 of the individuals defenders work at very times for a company call Internet Research Agency LLC, a Russian company based in San Petersburg, the younger individual defended.
Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin funded the conspiracy through companies known as Concord Management & Consulting LLC, Concord Catering, and many affiliates and subsidiaries.
The conspiracy was part of a larger operation called Project Lakhta.
Project Lakhta included multiple components, some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation.
And others target foreign audiences in multiple countries.
Internet Research Agency, allegedly operated through Russian shell companies.
It employed hundreds of people.
In it's online operations, ranging from creators of fictitious personas, to technical and administrative support personnel with an annual budget of millions of dollars.
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