US hits Russian intel with new sanctions | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 21, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 21, 2018

ELECTION MEDDLING, CYBER ATTACKS

US hits Russian intel with new sanctions

The US Treasury hit 15 members of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency with sanctions Wednesday over their alleged roles in interference in the 2016 presidential election and hacking the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Also sanctioned were two GRU agents who allegedly attempted to assassinate Russian defector Sergei Skripal in Britain, and two individuals and three companies tied to the Russian troll farm accused of trying to manipulate US public opinion.

Separately, the Treasury said it would end sanctions on Russian aluminum giant Rusal and two related companies after blacklisted billionaire Oleg Deripaska took action to sharply cut his stake in them.

The sanctions ban Americans and companies with US arms -- like many global banks -- from doing business with those on the US blacklist. The sanctions also freeze any of the targets' assets in US jurisdictions.

"The United States will continue to work with international allies and partners to take collective action to deter and defend against sustained malign activity by Russia, its proxies, and intelligence agencies," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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