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Dual U.S.-Russian National Charged With Illegal Lobbying

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U.S. prosecutors charged a Russian-U.S. citizen with acting as an illegal agent, alleging she lobbied American officials and business leaders and spread Russian propaganda with the backing of senior Russian officials.

Elena Branson, 61, launched organizations in the U.S. to promote Russia starting in 2011, including a “I Love Russia” campaign, promoted Russian ideals in youth forums and coordinated meetings between Russian and U.S. officials and executives, according to the U.S. She allegedly did it with tens of thousands of dollars in funding from the Russian government, and without officially registering as a Russian lobbyist with the Justice Department, as required by law.