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Read the indictment against 13 Russians accused of interfering in 2016 elections

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein released the indictments on Friday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections has led to 13 Russian nationals and 3 companies being indicted on Friday.

The documents released by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's office allege that the Russians were part of an organized effort to sow discord and interfere with the presidential election.

The indictment states they worked to ensure Hillary Clinton was defeated, seeking to aid not only her Republican opponent, President Donald Trump, but also promote her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders and Green Party leader Jill Stein.

It also alleges they used social media influence to spread derogatory information about Republican primary candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

"Defendants, posing as US persons and creating false US personas, operated social media pages and groups designed to attract US audiences," it reads.

"Defendants and their co-conspirators also created and controlled numerous Twitter accounts designed to appear as if US persons or groups controlled them."

NBC reports that one of the companies indicted, the Russian Internet Research Agency, allegedly 'employed hundreds of individuals for its online operations, and its annual budget totaled millions of dollars with strategy that included 'spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.'"

You can read the 37-page indictment here.

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