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Trump administration issues new sanctions over Russian interference

Trump Administration Issues New Sanctions over Russian Interference

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has indicted a Russian national in a broad conspiracy to sow distrust of the U.S. political process and imposed sanctions on a Russian-linked Ukrainian lawmaker, Artem Mikhaylovich Lifshits, accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election.
Those actions on Thursday, combined with an announcement from Microsoft of hacking attempts targeting U.S. political campaigns, parties and consultants, underscore how the same cyber intrusions and foreign influence operations that defined the race for The 2016 White House remains a lingering concern today.
They also reflect a dichotomy within the administration, with officials targeting Russian interference in the political process even as President Donald Trump expresses doubts about Russian interference.
In the case of the sanctions, officials denounced audio recordings that had been posted by the Ukrainian parliamentarian and promoted by Trump on Twitter.
The criminal charges accuse Artem Mikhaylovich Lifshits of having served as the head of translation in a Russian effort which since at least 2014 has attempted to disrupt the political system in the United States and other countries and to instil mistrust in the ‘regard to candidates.
Members of the initiative, known as Project Lakhta, travelled to the United States to gather intelligence and exploit fake social media accounts that could send messages to millions of Americans about social issues that divide.
The group was operating through entities such as the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll farm accused by Special Advocate Robert Mueller of causing discord ahead of the 2016 election, according to a criminal complaint accusing Lifshits of using identities stolen to open fake accounts in banks and digital currency.
The goal of the department where Lifshits worked was to sow discord, incite civil unrest, and polarize Americans with social media posts that touched on hot topics such as gun rights, immigration, the Confederate flag and race relations, prosecutors say.
“The members of the Lakhta Project did not take an ideological standpoint exclusively; on the contrary, they wrote on subjects from varied and sometimes opposing perspectives,” wrote one Secret Service agent in an affidavit in support of the complaint.
“Members of the Lakhta Project have also developed strategies and tips for targeting audiences with conservative and liberal viewpoints, as well as particular social groups.”
The Justice Department’s complaint does not accuse Lifshits or other members of the Lakhta Project of promoting a particular presidential candidate in the 2020 race.
Many of the social media posts referred to were at the start of the race. Trump’s first term, long before Democrat Joe Biden became his party’s presidential candidate.
Those include a March 2018 tweet, written by a Project Lakhta member using a bogus account, that said, “Just a friendly reminder to get involved in the 2018 Midterms. They are motivated. They hate you. They hate your morals. They hate your 1A and 2A rights. They hate the Police They hate the Military They hate YOUR President.”
But the complaint makes it clear that influence trades have persisted and even seized on contentious topical issues like race relations.
Lifshits was one of four people named by the US Treasury Department on Thursday, including Andrii Derkach, a Ukrainian lawmaker who has been called by the U.S. government an “active Russian agent” for more than a decade. Officials say he interfered with the 2020 election by posting edited audio recordings designed to disparage Biden.
The Treasury Department action is the second time in as many months that the administration has called Derkach by name. U.S. intelligence officials said in a statement last month that Derkach’s disclosure of the tapes, which capture conversations between Biden and the then Ukrainian President, was part of a broader Russian effort to disparage Biden before the November 3 elections.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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