Black Liberation Organizers Indicted as Russian Agents

U.S. Dept. of Justice
Article Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice

Article Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice

Omali Yeshitela (right) marches on the White House with other African-American protestors on November 7, 2009 - NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images
  • Four Americans affiliated with the African People’s Socialist Party and Uhuru Movement, along with three Russians, have been charged with conspiring to sow discord in U.S. society, spread Russian propaganda and interfere illegally in U.S. elections, according to an unsealed indictment.
  • The indicted intelligence officers are alleged to have recruited, funded and directed U.S. political groups to act as illegal agents of the Russian government and spread pro-Russian propaganda, as well as participating in covertly funding and directing local U.S. candidates for office.
  • The Americans charged, including Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the U.S.-based organization, were added to an existing case in Tampa, Fla., involving Aleksandr Ionov, described as the founder of a Moscow-based organization funded by the Russian government for clandestine influence campaigns in the U.S.
  • The indictment alleges that Russia’s foreign intelligence service weaponized the First Amendment rights of Americans to divide the country and interfere in elections. Read More

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