A dual U.S.-Russian citizen has been charged with functioning as a Russian…

Dual U.s.-russian Citizen Charged With Acting Illegally As A Russian Agent




A dual U.S.-Russian citizen has been charged with functioning as a Russian agent illegally.

On Tuesday, a federal court in New York unsealed a case accusing a dual citizen of acting illegally as a Russian government agent in the United States.

Elena Branson, according to court records, worked for Moscow to further Russian interests in the United States. This included forming the Russian Center New York, a non-profit organization in New York City (RCNY).

Ms. Branson organized a campaign through RCNY in 2019 to prevent Hawaiian officials from renaming Fort Elizabeth. On the island of Kauai, there lies a former Russian fort. It is important to the Russian government because it is the last remaining fort in Hawaii.

After Hawaiian officials began putting markers acknowledging the islands’ historical contributions, Russian officials resumed their interest in the fort. The Russian government intended to make the fort a tourist attraction.

According to court records, Ms. Branson coordinated a trip to Moscow for Hawaiian officials to meet with high-ranking Russian government officials.

She fled the United States for Russia in 2020 and is still at large.