The US Department of Justice on Tuesday indicted the founder and three members of an African-American nationalist group, accused of collaborating with Russian intelligence services to influence elections in the United States.

Omali Yeshitela, founder of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) and the Uhuru Movement, and three other party members, Penny Joanne Hess, Jesse Nevel, and Augustus Romain, are believed to have served as agents in the service of Russia and conspired against American interests, including trying to influence several elections.

They risk up to ten years in prison.

According to the prosecution, the four defendants received money and support from Alexander Ionov , a Russian citizen who operated undercover and presented himself as the leader of an anti-globalization movement, as well as from spies of the FSB, the Russian secret services.