The Obama administration on Thursday announced a number of retaliatory measures intended to punish Russia for allegedly interfering in U.S. elections. Among the actions taken were sanctions against individual Russian officials, two of whom are already on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list.
A fact sheet posted on the White House's website names six Russian officials, including:
- Russian intelligence unit chief Igor Valentinovich Korobov
- Russian intelligence unit deputy chief Sergey Aleksandrovich Gizunov
- Russian intelligence unit first deputy chiefs Igor Olegovich Kostyukov and Vladimir Stepanovich Alexseyev
In addition, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is adding the names of two more Russian individuals to pre-existing sanctions — Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev and Aleksey Alekseyevich Belan — both of home already appear on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list.
"Bogachev is designated today for having engaged in significant malicious cyber-enabled misappropriation of financial information for private financial gain. Bogachev and his cybercriminal associates are responsible for the theft of over $100 million from U.S. financial institutions, Fortune 500 firms, universities and government agencies," the White House document alleges.
It adds: "Aleksey Alekseyevich Belan engaged in the significant malicious cyber-enabled misappropriation of personal identifiers for private financial gain. Belan compromised the computer networks of at least three major United States-based e-commerce companies."
As TheBlaze reported earlier, the U.S. is also shutting down two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York, as well as revoking the diplomatic passports of at least 35 Russian intelligence operatives currently in the U.S. Those 35 individuals will have 72 hours to leave the country.