America's justice department disclosed the latest criminal complaint soon after U.S. intelligence agencies said they were concerned about efforts by Russia, Chinaand Iran to influence United States voters and policy.
The oligarch, Evgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, and his two companies were indicted in February in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's separate investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to boost eventual victor Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The complaint detailed new examples of Russians using fake personas on social media to stoke divisions over race, gun rights, voter fraud and other contentious issues.
"The complaint states that Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, Russia, served as the chief accountant of "Project Lakhta", a Russian umbrella effort funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls: Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering".
Since at least 2015, the group created thousands of fake social media profiles and email accounts that appeared to be from people inside the US and were aimed to "create and amplify divisive social and political content", including on significant current events, such as deadly shootings in SC and Las Vegas, prosecutors said in court papers.
It lays out her budgeting for Project Lakhta month by month for the first half of 2018, with a total of more than 650 million rubles, or $10 million, requested for the program.
Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Homeland Security Departments have set up foreign influence task forces to detect such operations and share threat information within the government, with tech firms and state and local election officials.
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The transcript of the proceeding will be released to the public after a review by the intelligence community to scrub any classified information.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in July announced a new policy to alert the public to foreign operations targeting US democracy, such as the one Russian Federation undertook in 2016.
Intelligence officials said past year that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through similar means.
So far, they said, state and local officials have been able to prevent access or quickly mitigate these attempts.
Mueller, whose work is ongoing, charged a dozen Russian military officers with hacking Democrats' computers, as well as 13 people and three companies who his prosecutors' allege ran an online propaganda operation to push voters away from Hillary Clinton and toward Donald Trump in 2016. The company's US lawyer, Eric Dubelier of Reed Smith, won a significant legal point this week when the presiding judge ordered Mueller's prosecutors to justify the charges they'd brought against Concord.
The conspirators also "took extraordinary steps" to appear as American political activists, officials say, by creating "thousands of social media and email accounts" that gave the illusion that they were operated by USA citizens.
Just ahead of the indictment, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a statement expressing concern over possible election meddling.