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Oh that Vladimir! He's such a kidder. Always with the silly Twitter jokes, like,

People living in Alabama have different values than people living in NYC. They will vote for someone who represents them, for someone they can trust. Not you. Vote for Roy Moore.

And also,

Dear Alabama, You have a choice today. Doug Jones put the KKK in prison for murdering 4 young black girls. Roy Moore wants to sleep with your teenage daughters. This isn't hard. #AlabamaSenate

Tweets like,

If Trump fires Robert Mueller, we have to take to the streets in protest. Our democracy is at stake.

And also,

Liberals: If Trump fire/remove Robert Mueller, we will take to the streets/protest. (DNC must have sent that talking point out today. Everyone using the same line.) Why would Trump need to remove/fire Mueller? Mueller is doing a fine job destroying himself. Keep the implosion coming, Mueller.

Or this thigh-slapper from February 16, 2018, the day the Special Counsel indicted 13 members of the Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency.

Russians indicted today: 13 Illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border indicted today: 0 Anyway, I hope all those Internet Research Agency f*ckers will be sent to gitmo.

IRA trolls tweeting about IRA trolls. META!!!!


These tweets are from a criminal complaint filed Friday in the Eastern District of Virginia against Elena Alexeevna Khusyaynova, chief accountant for the Russian disinformation operation known as "Project Lakhta." Taking its name from the St. Petersburg neighborhood where the IRA and various other shell companies were located, Project Lakhta funnels at least a million dollars of oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin's rubles into Russian ratfucking operations every month. And while the Twitter accounts were mentioned in the February indictment, this complaint describes money spent this year to ratfuck the American midterms by "effectively aggravat[ing] the conflict between minorities and the rest of the population."

Between, in or around January 2016 and in or around June 2018, Project Lakhta's proposed operating budget totaled more than 2 billion Russian rubles (over $35 million U.S. dollars). Just between in or around January 2018 and in or around June 2018, Project Lakhta's proposed operating budget totaled more than 650 million Russian rubles (over $10 million U.S. dollars.)

It's clear that the Feds are all the way up in the IRA's business, with access to invoices and internal emails instructing the trolls in the art and science of electoral fuckery. Like these!

Colored LGBT are less sophisticated than white; therefore, complicated phrases and messages do not work. Be careful dealing with racial context. Just like ordinary Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, colored LGBT people are very sensitive towards #whiteprivilege and they react to posts and pictures that favor white people.

They seem nice.

[I]f you write posts in a liberal group ... you must not use Breitbart titles. On the contrary, if you write posts in a conservative group, do not use Washington Post or BuzzFeed's titles.

Okay, that one is just TRUE.

Here's a Russian Facebook account calling itself "Bertha Malone" trying to persuade some dipshit to help administer a fake page.

HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS?

So, what should we make of this new complaint? Well, for one thing, it's a complaint, and not an indictment, so it didn't come through a grand jury. And while Your Wonkette would never speculate about such serious matters (LOL), we like a theory those crazy kids over at Lawfare are floating.

The case docket and the affidavit reflect that authorities obtained an arrest warrant on Sept. 28, the same day that the Justice Department filed the complaint, suggesting that the government may have seen an opportunity to bring Khusyaynova into custody and quick action was thus required. Reporting on Friday indicated that Khusyaynova is not currently in U.S. custody. One possibility is that the anticipated opportunity never materialized. Another possibility is that the situation involves a foreign law-enforcement partner. Still another is that Khusyaynova may be cooperating.

It's possible, of course, that making these charges public are a way of reinforcing the public statements released by the intelligence community on ongoing operations. It seems more likely, however, that an opportunity arose that required immediate law-enforcement action. As the procedural history of this matter unfolds over the next few days, we are likely to learn a lot about why it became public at the time and in the manner that it did.

Look for the answer to one set of questions in particular: Where is Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, and is she a free woman?

WELL! And Mueller handed it off to his buddies in EDVA, so even if Trump tries to murder the Special Counsel investigation to death on November 7, the case against Khusyaynova lives on. As they say in Mother Russia ... WOMP WOMP!

[US v. Khusyaynova / Lawfare]

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