A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering in U.S. elections.
The announcement came from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
According to the special counsel, the indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.
The indictment says the defendants and their co-conspirators used fictitious online personas to interfere with the 2016 presidential election in the United States.
They are accused of spreading derogatory information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, denigrating Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — and supporting Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to hold a press conference Friday afternoon.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.