How is this within DOJ’s purview if these acts were committed outside the US?
The men, who are in Russia, are unlikely to see the inside of an American courtroom. But U.S. officials believe that preparing criminal cases like this one contributes to a deterrent strategy.
For one thing, the level of detail included in the indictment suggests that American authorities are so confident about their insight into the workings of Russia's cyber-operations that the U.S. intelligence community didn't mind revealing how much it knows.
The charges also impose at least some some theoretical inconvenience on the defendants by making it more difficult for them to travel to a country in which they could potentially be arrested on an American warrant.
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