Russian spy charged with working for Moscow to sow discord in US, Justice Department says

Date:

Share post:


NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

A Russian foreign agent working on behalf of Moscow was indicted by a federal grand jury in Florida for running an “influence campaign” in the United States aimed at fostering political discord, authorities said. 

From 2014 to July 2022, Aleksandr Ionov of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, ran his base of operations in St. Petersburg, Florida. He allegedly executed a campaign to sow discord and influence politics in American elections and spread pro-Kremlin propaganda, the Justice Department said. 

“The impact of Russian malign foreign influence cannot be overstated,” said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. 

Ionov recruited various political groups in different states on behalf of the FSB and provided financial support and directed them to spread pro-Russian talking points. 

CHINA IS NO. 1 DOMESTIC SECURITY THREAT AND BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WON’T ADMIT IT

The U.S. Department of Justice is seen on June 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. A Russian citizen allegedly worked with America-based political groups to sow political discord over the course fo seven years, authorities said Friday. 

The U.S. Department of Justice is seen on June 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. A Russian citizen allegedly worked with America-based political groups to sow political discord over the course fo seven years, authorities said Friday. 
(Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

He targeted one Florida group and paid for its leader to visit Russia in order to “communicate on future cooperation,” prosecutors said. Over seven years, he exercised control over senior members of the organization. 

Among the allegations in the indictment are that Ionov petitioned the United Nations, accusing the U.S. of genocide against African people, arranged meetings with Russian FSB operatives and traveled to and from the country from Tampa for the meetings and reported his progress back to FSB and Russian officials.

Other allegations include sending messages to the 2016 Russian Olympic team after it was revealed the athletes participated in a state-run doping campaign. 

In a news conference, the leader of a Florida-based political group that worked with Ionov, the St. Pete Uhuru group, defended Russia.

“The history of the African People’s Socialist Party is to unite with any forces that unite with the anti-colonial struggle,” Eritha ‘Akile’ Cainion said, Fox 29 reported. “And we feel that is a just struggle. What this is a propaganda campaign against Russia. We can have relationships with whoever we want.”

Eritha Akile Cainion, the leader of the St. Pete Uhuru group, hosted a press conference where she defended Russian after the arrest of a Russian foreign agent. 

Eritha Akile Cainion, the leader of the St. Pete Uhuru group, hosted a press conference where she defended Russian after the arrest of a Russian foreign agent. 
(WTVT)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP



Source link

spot_img

Related articles

51 Best Disney Plus TV Shows To Watch (August 2022)

We hope you love the shows and movies we recommend! Just so you...

MLB should have handled Fernando Tatis Jr’s suspension better, Hall of Famer says

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz took issue...

Overcrowded animal shelters dealing with staffing shortages

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The American Society for the...
%d bloggers like this: