Why it's still in Russia's interest to mess with US politics

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Why it's still in Russia's interest to mess with US politics
In this handout photo taken from the Federal News Agency website on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, Elena Khusyaynova, an accountant poses for a photo. As Americans prepare for another election, Russian troublemakers appear to laboring afresh to divide U.S. voters and discredit democracy, and perhaps even sway the outcome. The first person charged with foreign interference in the 2018 midterms, Elena Khusyaynova, said “my heart filled with pride" at the accusation. Speaking last week on Russian TV after being indicted for a covert social media campaign for both the 2016 and 2018 votes, she added, "It turns out that a simple Russian woman could help citizens of a superpower elect their president.” (Federal News Agency via AP)

PARIS (AP) — Sweeping accusations that the Kremlin tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election haven’t chastened Russian trolls, hackers and spies — and might even have emboldened them.

U.S. officials and tech companies say Russians have continued online activity targeted at American voters during the campaign for the Nov. 6 election, masquerading as U.S. institutions and creating faux-American social media posts to aggravate tensions around issues like immigration and gun control.

Russia denies any interference. So far U.S. authorities haven’t announced any huge hacks or the kind of multipronged campaign suspected in the 2016 election, and it’s hard to judge whether the more recent Russian actions have any link to the Kremlin or will have any electoral impact.