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U.S., Russia: Treasury Department Imposes Sanctions Over Attempted Meddling in 2018 Elections

1 MIN READOct 1, 2019 | 17:02 GMT

What Happened: The United States has issued new economic sanctions against Russians linked to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency for attempting to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Sept. 30.

Why It Matters: The new sanctions target six employees of the Internet Research Agency, which manipulates social media, as well as three other companies and assets associated with Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is close to President Vladimir Putin and is already on the U.S. sanctions list. The sanctions underscore the expectation that the United States will increase economic pressure against Russia over its involvement in numerous theaters, one of which is meddling in American elections.

Background: The U.S. Justice Department indicted 13 Russians and companies linked to the Internet Research Agency in 2018 on charges of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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