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Indictments part of U.S. cyber deterrence strategy

Kremlin mounting of the guard
A Kremlin mounting of the guard cerimony. (Mikhail Japaridze / Getty)

Russia is unlikely to extradite the 13 Russians indicted by Mueller for meddling in the 2016 election. Still, the U.S. has plenty of reasons for moving forward.

The bottom line: The "name and shame" approach is mostly meant to embarrass a foreign government, scare potential collaborators for future operations and let an adversary know the U.S. is on to them.