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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – A Russian woman who works for an oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been charged with attempting to meddle in the 2018 midterm election.  The charges, filed Friday in the Eastern District of Virginia, accuse Elena A. Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg using social media platforms to create thousands of social media and e-mail accounts ̵
Among the topics were gun control, gay rights, the women's march, and the NFL anthem debate. They are also keyed off specific events, including the Las Vegas shooting and the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville.
John McCain, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, and former President Barack Obama were among the politicians attacked.
Court documents include photos of phony "memes "planted in this Russian effort."
Prosecutors said Khusyaynova is the chief accountant for a Russian umbrella effort called Project Lakhta, funded by a Russian oligarch whose Concord companies were named
Concord Management is owned by Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, also known as "Putin's boss," who is closely linked to the Russian president. It provides food services at the Kremlin.
Mueller has indicted Prighozin as part of his trial of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller's office indicted Prighozin and 12 other Russian nationals in February on charges including interference in the 2016 presidential election.
In June, Mueller said in a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said that the "individuals and entities" are continuing to "engage in interference operations like those charged in the present indictment."
On Friday, the Justice Department, the Office of the National Intelligence Directorate, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a joint statement on the announcement of Khusyaynova's indictment that
"We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to These activities may well be considered as "voter perceptions and decision making in the 2018 and 2020 US elections."
"Currently, we do not have any evidence of a compromise or disruption of infrastructure that would enable adversaries to prevent voting he midterm elections. "