Russia official calls US charges a joke worthy of Jim Carrey

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A spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with trying to influence the U.S. presidential election is ridiculous enough to be the work of a comedian like Jim Carrey. | Getty Images

MOSCOW — A spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with trying to influence the U.S. presidential election is ridiculous enough to be the work of a professional comedian.

State news agency Tass quoted ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova saying Sunday: “I sometimes get the impression that … behind these statements that are made in the U.S. are some of their most popular comedians, maybe Jim Carrey.”

The indictment issued Feb. 16 alleges a businessman linked to President Vladimir Putin and a dozen other Russians ran a “troll farm” that created false social media content.

Tass says Zakharova commented during a talk show on state Rossiya-1 TV: “It’s really very ridiculous to blame 13 Russians from a legal company with influence on the U.S. election and seriously discuss it as evidence.”

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