Special investigator Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies on 8 criminal counts of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who made the announcement Friday, stressed that “no Americans had knowledge of the Russian conspiracy” that was hatched in 2014 and involved five dozen Russians. The criminal counts include conspiracy to defraud the American voter, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Its object was to “sow discord and undermine confidence in the democratic system,” by means of “information warfare.” After the election, the Russian conspirators, posing as “grass roots Americans,” staged rallies both in support of and against the president elect. There is no indication, said Rosenstein, that Russian meddling affected the outcome of the election.
“The Internet Research Agency,” one of the three indicted companies, operated from St. Petersburg, Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, nicknamed “Putin’s chef,” is one of the individuals facing criminal charges in the case.