US-Vote Meddling: Mueller’s indictments and Russian denial

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has charged Moscow of an espionage conspiracy in the 2016 US Presidential elections to favour and support Trump campaign and discredit the Clinton campaign. 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies have been charged to breed disharmony in US politics. The indictment clearly mentions that Russians made fake online personas to forward divisive texts, collected intelligence by travelling to the US during which they conducted rallies in 10 states.

Paul Ryan the Republican speaker of the House has stated the allegations as the most systematic attack on the political system and a clear attempt to undermine US democracy.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has however denied all the allegations and described them to be baseless.

The charges show a detailed operation carried out by Russia since 2014 to interfere with US political and electoral processes which also involved the Presidential election of 2016. The indictments allege that the Presidential election was focussed on boosting the Trump camp under the direction of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was also directed to demean all his rivals which also included Clinton. There were hundreds of people who were trying to make it possible all working in shifts. Another major charge is being held by St. Petersburg based “The Troll Factory” which is an Internet Research Agency. Latter is charged with manipulation of social media in the US and also staging political rallies supporting Trump. Various hashtags were floated by the Russian imposters like “TrumpTrain”, “Trump2016”, “Hillary4Prison” etc.  But the charges are empty if the blame that if this meddling actually affected the outcome of the election.

Although Sergey Lavrov, Mike Pence did deny the charges, US National Security Advisor HR McMaster stated at the Munich Security Conference that the charges against the Russians of meddling in US elections are now inconvertible and undeniable as they all lie in the public domain.


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