US accuses four black nationalists of acting for Russian intelligence

The US Department of Justice on Tuesday charged the founder of a black nationalist group, and three other members, with working for Russian intelligence to influence US elections.

Omali Yeshitela, founder of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) and the Uhuru Movement, and two other party members, Penny Joanne Hess and Jesse Nevel, were charged with acting as clandestine agents for Russia, a charge that carries up to five years in prison. prison.

The three, plus another member named Augustus Romain, were also charged with conspiring to act as agents for Russia, a crime that could sentence them to more than 10 years in jail.

According to the indictment, the four received money and other support from US-based Russian Alexander Ionov and Moscow-based Russian intelligence (FSB) officials who gave Ionov orders.

Last year, Ionov was accused of running an FSB-run political influence operation. At that time, his contacts in the United States were not mentioned, but the FBI raided the APSP facilities.

The charges against Ionov, who is believed to have returned to Russia, were updated Tuesday in the indictment filed in Tampa, Florida.

Under the guise of being the chairman of Russia’s Moscow-based Anti-Globalization Movement, Ionov used the APSP and Uhuru movements, among others, to promote Russian political positions, the war in Ukraine and other issues.

The Justice Department said that all Americans knew that Ionov worked for the Russian government.

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