They are considered guilty of organizing cyberattacks for theft and subsequent publication of documents.
The US Justice Department charged 12 officers of the GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of Russia) in the case of Russia’s interference in the presidential elections in the US in 2016. This was reported by US Deputy Prosecutor General Rod Rosenstein (Rod Rosenstein).
Employees are found guilty of organizing cyberattacks for theft of documents and subsequent publication. Rosenstein added that the defendants created hackers under the pseudonyms DC Leaks and Guccifer 2.0, through which they published documents.
The press release of the Ministry of Justice lists their names: Viktor Netyksho, Boris Antonov, Dmitry Badin, Ivan Ermakov, Alexei Lukashev, Sergei Morgachev, Nikolai Kozachek, Pavel Ershov, Artem Malyshev, Alexander Osadchuk, Alexei Potemkin and Anatoly Kovalyov. Rosenstein stressed that there are no US citizens among the accused.
The charges were brought in as part of an investigation conducted by a team of special prosecutor Robert Mueller. He is studying the possible interference of Russia in the elections in the United States.
On February 16, the United States brought charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies in intervening in the presidential election in 2016, who were thought to be connected with the billionaire’s “trolley factory” Yevgeny Prigozhin. As evidence, the Justice Ministry has brought fake accounts, communities to painful topics for Americans, political advertising, hashtags and rally organization.