Treasury Department hits Russian Federation with sanctions over 2016 election meddling

British investigators in Salisbury

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He is known as "Putin's chef".

The list includes mainly individuals and organizations lending support to IRA, but also some high-ranking officials in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) -believed to be involved with the NotPetya ransomware outbreak and the cyber-attacks on the USA energy sector.

But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was unequivocal in saying that Thursday's action by his department "counters Russia's continuing destabilizing activities, ranging from interference in the 2016 election to conducting destructive cyber-attacks".

"These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia", Mnuchin said in a statement.

And finally, the White House had no comment on reports that Special Counsel Mueller had sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization about Russian Federation, a move that President Trump had once indicated would cross a 'red line'. More recently, the Russian government has drawn global condemnation for their alleged involvement in the chemical attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The measures come a month-and-a-half after the administration missed a congressionally mandated deadline to impose the new sanctions, which led to questions over President Donald Trump's willingness to punish Moscow for its cyber intrusion.

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The U.S. Treasury has announced that the government will impose new sanctions against multiple Russian citizens and Kremlin-backed organizations for their interference in American politics during the 2016 election.

The FSB is being sanctioned for the use of cyber tools in targeting U.S. officials "including cyber security, diplomatic, military, and white house personnel".

"The Trump Organization has typically complied with requests from congressional investigators for documents for their own inquiries into Russian election interference", according to the dispatch. This is most severe penalties in Washington since Donald Trump, who has been close to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, assumed presidency more than a year ago. Mnuchin did not give a time frame for those sanctions, which he said would sever the individuals' access to the USA financial system.

The United States also joined Britain, Germany and France in demanding that Russia explain a military-grade nerve toxin attack in England on a former Russian double agent, and Trump said "it certainly looks like the Russians were behind" the incident.

"The IRA created and managed a vast number of fake online personas that posed as legitimate US persons to include grassroots organizations, interest groups, and a state political party on social media", the Treasury Department statement said.

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Mnuchin said the administration plans to impose more sanctions in an effort "to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable for their destabilizing activities by severing their access to the USA financial system".

One of cyber, which Washington and London attributed to Russian army, is so-called NotPetya, which originated in June 2017 in Ukraine and spread throughout much of world, affecting world trade and drug distribution.

In announcing the sanctions, officials highlighting the recent cyber attack known as NotPetya, which it said was the most destructive and costly attack in history.

To date, the Treasury has sanctioned more than 100 individuals and entities connected with Russian Federation, involved in cyber-attacks, election meddling, or Russia's invasion of Ukraine's Crimea region. She also voiced the "absolute solidarity" of the US with Britain after the U.K.'s decision to expel 23 Russian Federation diplomats in response to the chemical attack.

The latest subpoena suggests the investigation which Trump had hope would be cleared up months ago will drag on indefinitely.

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