The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions against Russia’s spy agencies and more than a dozen individuals for their alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and other “malicious cyber attacks.”
The sanctions were levied on Thursday against five entities and 19 individuals in Russia, the most significant action against Russia since Trump became president. Trump has faced fierce criticism in the US for doing too little to punish Russia for the alleged election meddling and other actions.
The measures targets the FSB, Russia’s top spy service; the military intelligence agency, or GRU; and 13 people recently indicted by Robert Mueller, the US special counsel handling a sprawling Russia probe.
“The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in US elections, destructive cyber attacks, and intrusions targeting critical…