The Trump administration on Wednesday sanctioned nine Russian nationals for allegedly attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The Treasury Department announced that the nine GRU officers, who had been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year for the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), are now facing penalties for “their direct involvement in efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election by targeting election systems and political parties, as well as releasing stolen election-related documents.” The department also sanctioned two GRU officers over the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in March.
British officials have charged the two officers, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and the use of the nerve agency. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack.
Also sanctioned was Russian national Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, whom the Justice Department revealed in October was indicted for her role in overseeing finances for Project Lakhta, a Russian influence campaign aimed at interfering in U.S. elections.