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Project Lakhta is the name of a broad, far-reaching interference operation whereby Russia sought to intervene in political and electoral affairs by targeting specific audiences within the United States as well as other countries. Within the U.S., this operation sought to sow division and discord by exploiting those organic social fissures appertaining to target audiences, along with undermining faith in democratic institutions in the “West”.
According to internal documents obtained by the FBI via the arrest of the project manager in Virginia, Russia “sought to conduct what it called internally ‘information warfare against the United States of America’ through fictitious U.S. personas on social media platforms and other Internet-based media.” And from these internal documents it is revealed that the following, but not limited to, minorities were of strategic interest: American Indians, African Americans, Latinos, & LGBTQ community.