U.S. Announces Russia Sanctions Over Alleged Election Meddling

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On March 15, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration announced it is imposing new sanctions on Russia for alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

USA Today reports (source):

Among the five entities sanctioned by the Treasury Department Thursday is the Internet Research Agency, which was indicted by a grand jury last month as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian efforts. Officials say it’s a propaganda outfit that used fake identities to pose as Americans on social media, in order to sew divisiveness during the campaign.

It’s the first round of sanctions under a Russia sanctions bill passed by Congress last year — a bill President Trump signed only reluctantly in the face of a veto-proof congressional majority.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner said the sanctions were long overdue.

“I think this is a good step. It is not fully sufficient,” Warner, D-Va., told MSNBC. “What continues to concern to me is that while you had the administration act, there continues to be a reluctance by the president himself to call out Russia as a bad actor.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new round of sanctions shows that the Trump administration is “confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure.”

The sanctions list includes 12 individuals who had previously been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller over the alleged electino interference: Mikhail Bystrov, Mikhail Burchik, Alexandra Krylova, Anna Bogacheva, Sergei Polozov, Maria Bovda, Robert Bovda, Jeyhun Aslanov, Vadim Podkopaev, Gleb Vasilchenko, Irina Kaverzina and Vladimir Venkov. Two more Russian citizens – Sergei Afanasyev and Grigory Molchanov – are also in the sanctions list.

Additionally, the US Treasury introduced restrictive measures against the Internet Research Agency. The US Justice Department accused this company of being involved in the election meddling in 2016.

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  • FlorianGeyer

    More American doubling down on insanity will still not prevent the dawn I will see tomorrow.

    • as

      Exactly. They double down because it’s so silly to be taken seriously.

  • Serious

    People will not stop being deceived by Trump and Putin.

    • John Whitehot

      but they stopped long ago to be deceived by you.

      • Serious

        First, I have promised nothing. Second, who did I deceived ? Nobody. Most of what I said did happened.

        • John Whitehot

          you are lying.

          and if something you said happened, it’s because it actually happened BEFORE you told it. hhahahahaha.

          • Serious

            What a joke. XD.

  • Hrky75

    It’s old cold war-sanctions-currency war-proxy war-hot war play, mixed with a good measure of ant-Russian hysteria. The problem is we are way past the proxy war faze and are in all too familiar territory of fabricated pretexts for all out showdown. And just as any old mutt that is incapable of learning new tricks the Neocons are using good old WMD routine on Putin. The problem is that, unlike Saddam and Ghadaffi, he does have WMDs and knows how to use it.

  • David Pryce

    I said nasty stuff too about the US regime can’t believe I didn’t make the list on sanctions
    UK and the US are fucking nób ends

  • World_Eye

    Stupid American administration, sanctions and sanctions, hah, you are so pathetic , what is your proof that the Russia’s gov hacked your elections in 2016, oh no there isn’t one. we just need to believe you and take your word for it. Right!

  • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

    The Swamp is dragging everybody down and all it’s allies along with it, and all these septic and toxic media Muellerites has again gone bonkers for pushing for war on fallacies created by those whom are all the same war criminals in previous actions.

  • AM Hants

    You cannot make it up. They have an investigation to prove that Russia meddled in the US elections, in order to make Trump win. So Trump wins, no evidence of anything, apart from 13 media-disinformation trolls and just how many did Clinton and Soros have working for them? Now he sanctions Russia, owing to meddling in the election?

    Yet, nothing happens to Soros, Clinton, Ukraine, UK, Steele, Soviet Spy, who worked with Christopher Steele, together with his mentor, and funny both of them lived near Porton Down and Salisbury Plain. Now why is that?

    • Ronald

      Pablo Miller working for MI6, was the handler of Skripal and Christopher Steele. Now its quite possible that Skripal knew too much about Steele’s Trump dossier.
      T. May herself could have ordered the hit, and that’s why she is screaming so loud.

      • AM Hants

        Sir Andrew Wood, wasn’t he also involved in handing the Dossier to McCain or letting him know how to get hold of it? It reminds me of a ‘Crime Watch’ style programme, where you get the loved ones of a horrific crime, appealling to the public. Before one of the ‘loved ones’ finds themselves in a court, being tried for the crime. Happens so often. Those that scream loudest, have the most to hide.

        I was reading a few ‘tweets’ yesterday, coming from a few politicians, that are now starting to question things, owing to what Craig Murray has explained. Blair got away to lying to Parliament, but, we were seriously naive, back in those days. Will this take down May and all those that have been begging for media attention. Boris ‘it had to be President Putin’ and not forgetting the toddler, who is running Defence, at the moment.

        Jeremy Corbyn, who I do not even like, was the only one in the Palace of Westminster, to speak with reason and what you would expect from a statesperson, representing their nation. No doubt, you will see his approval ratings rise, whether Common Purpose and their media-disinformation agents, like it or not. How much did Soros put into his ‘Open Society’ budget? Was it around $18 billion and no doubt a lot is aimed at taking out Russia. Money badly spent, I would say.

  • Sinbad2

    It’s pretty obvious that the axis powers are getting extremely desperate.
    Apart from the full blown assault by axis propaganda agencies(MSM) they are also shutting down discussion boards. The propaganda outlets that still allow comments, pull any comment that does not fit the predetermined narrative, and bans the poster.
    Things must be very bad if they are giving up on the pretense of a free press.

    The British claimed that WWI occurred because someone killed an Austrian. The real reason was Germany planned to build a railway to Baghdad, to buy oil from Iran, and not BP.
    Britain declared war on Germany, starting WWII, because Russia and Germany occupied Poland, and Russia would have sold oil to Germany, sooner or later.
    Today we have the same situation, the US/UK will do anything to stop Germany from getting energy from a source not controlled by the US/UK.

    These are dangerous times.

    • velociraptor

      Bullshits!
      in ww1 brits entered the war after germany attacked belgium. between belgium and GB was a treaty, and GB guaranteed the borders of belgium. GB did not anter the war, when already fought germany with france.

      in ww2 also ws a treaty between poland and GB. this was the reason. GB allowed the destroy of czechoslovakia.

      little stupid hater, you should learn first the facts.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Ala bih te ala isprskao mala sa litrom sarina, da mirišeš svima…

  • VGA

    Big deal.

  • Bob

    Neo-Cons/ NATO consider Russia to have committed the worst possible infraction against them – as Russia wrecked the Neo-Cons/ NATO plan to completely collapse and fragment Syria on behalf of Israel. Neo-Cons/ NATO are just scrabbling and searching for any possible reason to impose punitive economic sanctions on Russia in revenge.

  • Cheryl Brandon

    GLADIO; Death Plan for Democracy by Peter Chamebelin , which has been
    put into action with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, USA’s fascists
    plans to TERRORIZE the world into submission to it’s way of
    governing;It is a very chilling article.