The United States Department of Justice on Thursday announced criminal charges against seven Russian nationals, accusing them of hacking and spreading misinformation, reported Xinhua news agency.
The defendants, believed to be intelligence officers with the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, committed computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering, according to a statement.
The statement also accused the defendants of retaliating against international anti-doping officials who exposed Russian doping scandals, saying that they did so by spreading stolen information on these officials.
There is little possibility that the US will take them into custody.
In July 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency said in a report that Russia sponsored the subversion of the drug testing process prior to, during, and subsequent to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
As a result, 111 Russian athletes were excluded from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK