The grand jury’s charges against 13 Russians and three Russian organizations mark a significant moment in the investigation of L’Affaire Russe. President Trump spent the year following the election denying accusations that Russia interfered with the 2016 election. None of the defendants indicted for their alleged influence will probably ever see the inside of an American courtroom. None of them are in custody, and none are likely to surrender to authorities.
When asked what he thought about the scenario, Kendall Coffey said that, after many months of speculation, there is now a narrative concerning election interference that DOJ believes is provable beyond a reasonable doubt. Second, the indictment will put these names on the Interpol List so that by these defendants to countries with extradition treaties will become impossible since they would be subject to arrest and detention at foreign airports. Additionally, banking and other business relations with individuals outside of Russia will become exceedingly difficult for the defendants.