Accused Russian says U.S. charges of election interference are nonsense

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian man charged by the United States with orchestrating a multi-year effort to use political groups to sow discord, spread propaganda and interfere in U.S. elections said the accusations against him were politically motivated nonsense. Alexander Ionov was accused of conspiring to have U.S. citizens act as illegal agents of the Russian government, the United States said. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. He was also sanctioned. “These charges are complete nonsense,” Ionov, 32, told Reuters from Moscow. “When I read the charges against me, I felt that I …

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