The indictment also alleges that the defendants organized political rallies across the country and contacted U.S. political activists for advice on which states to target. They then began focusing their efforts on “purple states,” those that are fairly evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.
Rosenstein emphasized that “there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant” in the Russians’ scheme, or that the conduct “altered the outcome of the 2016 election.” But the defendants did make efforts to contact Trump campaign officials and alert them to rallies being planned across Florida in August 2016.
On August 15, 2016, the defendants received an email at one of their fake accounts “from a real U.S. person, a Florida-based political activist identified as the ‘Chair for the Trump Campaign’ in a particular Florida county,” the indictment says. That activist then recommended two potential sites for Trump rallies in Florida and continued to communicate with the defendants about logistics.
One email sent by a “false US persona” using the address “firstname.lastname@example.org” to a Trump campaign official on August 18, 2016, identified “thirteen confirmed locations” in Florida for pro-Trump rallies. The Russian asked for the campaign’s assistance and wired money to various grassroots organizations “to pay for materials” needed for the rallies, the indictment claims.
In September 2017, when Facebook announced that it had shut down the 470 Russia-linked accounts and U.S. media outlets began reporting on Russia’s social media footprints, the Internet Research Agency began destroying evidence.
“We had a slight crisis here at work,” one defendant, Irina Kaverzina, wrote in an email to a family member. “The FBI busted our activity (not a joke). So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with colleagues.”
“I created all these pictures and posts,” she continued, “and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.”
Source : https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/muellers-indictment-reveals-details-of-russian-election-interference/553625/