Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, a Russian national based in St. Petersburg, was in charge of "the budgeting and payment of expenses associated with social media operations, web content, advertising campaigns, infrastructure, salaries, travel, office rent, furniture, and supplies, and the registration of legal entities" as part as the Internet troll campaign known as "Project Lahtka", according to the complaint. "Our nation is built upon a hard-fought and unwavering commitment to democracy".
Khusyaynova worked as the chief accountant of Project Lakhta.
Former FBI Director James B. Comey faced criticism for talking publicly on the eve of the election about the bureau resuming its investigation of Hillary Clinton, while keeping secret the separate probe into possible ties between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
After another article appeared about Mueller past year, members of the troll farm were told to share the article and say that Mueller was a "puppet of the establishment" who had connections to the Democratic Party and "who says things that should either remove him from his position or disband the entire investigation commission".
"Today's charges allege that Russian national Yelena Alexeyevna Khusyainova conspired with others who were part of a Russian influence campaign to interfere with USA democracy", said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.
"Today's charges allege that Russian national Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova conspired with others who were part of a Russian influence campaign to interfere with U.S. democracy", said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.
The charges announced today centered on a conspiracy that included the creation of thousands of social media and email accounts that appeared to be run by US persons as part of what the conspirators referred to as "information warfare against the United States".
Using social media and other avenues, the conspiracy participants waged "information warfare against the United States", attempting to sow distrust of candidates for USA political office and the U.S. political system, according to the complaint.
She and her team also "took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists", the prosecutors wrote.
The criminal complaint includes specific examples of how a member of the conspiracy instructed people to post about certain news items, including commentary by syndicated radio host Michael Savage, Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs, and "CNN's Pro-Jeb!"
Those allegedly involved in the operation attempted to present themselves as Americans, the DOJ said. "This included the use of virtual private networks and other means to disguise their activities and to obfuscate their Russian origin", the news release said. She is not now in USA custody.
While all of the social media identities cited in the indictment have since been removed or blocked, postings by others show their messages were frequently liked, forwarded, and retweeted.
The programme allegedly used social media and other platforms to discuss topics including immigration, gun control, gun rights, the Confederate flag, race relations, LGBT issues, the Women's March and the NFL national anthem debate, according to the justice department.
"The actors also developed playbooks and strategic messaging documents that offered guidance on how to target particular social groups, including the timing of messages, the types of news outlets to use, and how to frame divisive messages", the DOJ said.