The United States filed a criminal complaint against Russian citizen Artem Lifshits for managing a subsidiary of the notorious Internet Investigation Agency. who accused the US authorities of meddling in the 2016 election.
This is what the new complaint alleges Lifshits has headed the translator department of the Lakhta project since 2017. in whose capacity US identification documents obtained illegally to use “the means of identification of US persons to open bank accounts, PayPal accounts and cryptocurrency accounts”.
The charge is conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The United States Department of Justice says that These accounts were used for Lifshits and his accomplices to fund both the Lakhta Project and their “personal gain”.
Regarding the Lakhta Project Operations, The testimony of an intelligence investigator claims it was part of a widespread trolling operation against the American people:
As of and around April 2014, the translation department of the Lakhta Project focused on influencing the population of the United States. The translation department carried out operations on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The main goal of the translation department has been to sow discord in the United States’ political system, incite civil unrest, and polarize Americans by promoting socially divisive issues, with an emphasis on racial segregation and inequality in the United States.
In the complaint, the crypto exchanges that Lifshits and the Lakhta project allegedly accessed were not specifically named. However, it is said that At least one exchange has been found to be the victim of fraud for receiving false documents in order to meet the “Know Your Customer” requirements.
The Secret Service fees are not due until hours later Lifshits and some of his Project Lakhta employees are listed on the Treasury Department’s sanctions list alongside their respective cryptocurrency wallet addresses.