The FBI is reportedly looking into a group of wire transfers the Russian foreign ministry sent to embassies around the world with a memo line that said "to finance election campaign of 2016".
The payment, which landed in one of the Russian embassy's Citibank accounts last August, was one of more than 60 transfers (totaling more than $380,000) that the Russian foreign ministry made to its embassies around the world, including those in Nigeria and Afghanistan, most of which came with a memo line about financing the 2016 election. An overwhelming majority of the wire transfers included the eyebrow-raising memo line. At least one transfer involved VTB Bank, a Kremlin-controlled financial institution that's been sanctioned by the U.S.
At the end of September, the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned about the wire transfers and is now looking into how the money was used. "How could we not investigate a suspicious financial transaction that contained a memo that said, 'finance election campaign 2016?'..."
"The transactions, which moved through Citibank accounts and totaled more than $380,000, each came from the Russian foreign ministry and most contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election", the report claims.
Additionally, it's not known exactly which election the money was earmarked to support, as BuzzFeed notes that "seven nations had federal elections during the span when the funds were sent - including the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, on September 18, 2016".
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Multiple nations other than the USA held elections past year.
Three Congressional committees are conducting investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential vote.
What is clear is that the money from the wire transfers made its way to Russian embassies in nearly 60 countries between August and September 2016, the months leading up to the US presidential election.
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