U.S. Government Charges Russian With Interference In The 2018 Midterm Elections : The NPR Politics Podcast Elena Khusyaynova, a Russian citizen, has been charged by the U.S. government with one count of conspiring to defraud the United States. Prosecutors say she handled budgets and payments associated with the disinformation schemes on behalf of Russia leading up to the midterm elections. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, justice reporter Ryan Lucas, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at email@example.com. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.