UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — The US Senate Intelligence Committee released the second part of the report on “Russian interference” in the 2016 elections.
The 85-page document confirms the findings of US intelligence and special prosecutor Robert Muller that Russia interfered in the election through social networks. The document contains allegations against the Russian Internet Research Agency, against which Mueller opened a criminal case.
The agency is accused of trying to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of being elected president and supported Donald Trump’s candidacy “by order of the Kremlin.” The committee did not provide evidence of the participation of the Russian authorities.
The agency’s actions in the report are called “a wide, complex and ongoing campaign of information warfare aimed at sowing discord in American politics and society.” It is also alleged that the activities of the Internet Research Agency have only expanded since the 2016 elections.
Based on the results of the investigation, the committee made a number of recommendations. Social networks are encouraged to share more information with private companies and US government agencies.
“The committee also recommends that Congress consider a bill that will ensure that Americans are aware of who is behind online political advertising, as is already the case with TV, radio, and satellite channels,” the committee said in a statement.
It is recommended that the executive branch publicly declare the danger of foreign interference in the 2020 elections and take measures to prevent it. Candidates for elections are encouraged to carefully study any content for foreign interference before reposting or promoting it on social networks.
Attorney General Robert Muller has previously charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with conspiracy and fraud. Among individuals, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Mikhail Bystrov, Mikhail Burchik (also known as Mikhail Abramov), Alexandra Krylova, Anna Bogacheva, Sergei Polozov, Maria Bovada, Robert Bovada, Jeykhun Aslanov, Vadim Podkopaev, Gleb Vasilchenko, Irina Kaverina were included in the indictment , Vladimir Venkov.
The same individuals were included in the sanctions of the US Treasury.
Concord Management is the only defendant to have hired lawyers to represent him in an American court.
Muller for two years investigated the allegations of “Russian interference” in the elections, which Moscow denies. Muller completed the investigation, confirming allegations of interference with the election. However, he did not find evidence of a “conspiracy” between Donald Trump and Russia, the presence of which was denied both in the Kremlin and in the White House.
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