[Ed. – The problem with this prosecution trend is that it’s … silly. The specifics of the charge are that the Russian supported online activity that highlighted the reductionist bumper-sticker memes of politics to certain audiences. Big frickin deal. Our own PACs do that 24/7. We should call it a crime when foreigners do it? What are all those legacy foreign media doing, with their U.S. editions and editorials aimed at American audiences? This is an absurd model and needs to be defenestrated before somebody gets hurt.]
Elena Khusyaynova, 44, a St. Petersburg, Russia-based accountant, was charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to defraud the United States for taking part in a scheme to spend in excess of $10 million since the beginning of the year on targeted social media ads and web postings intended “to sow division and discord in the U.S. political system.”
[T]he complaint against Khusyaynova suggests a campaign of disruption and political troublemaking without any particular political bent.
“The Conspirators’ activities did not exclusively adopt one ideological viewpoint; they wrote on topics from varied and sometimes opposing perspectives,” FBI Special Agent David Holt wrote in the complaint, which was signed by a magistrate judge in September. [Oh, the humanity! -Ed.]