Obama Administration Acts on Russia’s Malicious Activities, as US Declares 35 Russian Diplomats ‘Persona Non Grata’

Time: 11:05 p.m. CEST

President Barack Obama announced in a statement by the White House that United States takes series of actions in respond to “the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election.”

Obama sanctioned nine entities and individuals of the Main Intelligence Directoratethe (Glavnoe Razvedyvatel’noe Upravlenie,) GRU and the Federal Security Service, (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti,) FSB, two Russian intelligence services, four officers of the GRU, and three companies that provided support to GRU’s operations.

The State Department ordered closure of the two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York, the statement said. As of noon on Friday, December 30, Russian access will be denied to two Russian government-owned compounds, one in Maryland and one in New York, the White House said.

State Department declared 35 Russian intelligence operatives as “persona non grata.” Diplomats have about 72 hours to leave the United States from the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco.

As the statement of the President says, the Secretary of Treasury designated two Russian individuals, Evgeniy Bogachev and Aleksey Belan, for using “cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information.” Another federal institution, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation “are releasing declassified materials on Russian civilian and military intelligence service cyber activity.”

The U.S called friends and allies to work together “to oppose Russia’s efforts to undermine established international norms and interfere with democratic governance.”

Obama’s administration, as the statement said, “Publicized that Russia took actions to interfere with the U.S. election process.”


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