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US imposed sanctions against Derkach accomplices for attempts to interfere in elections
According to Secretary of State Pompeo, the persons on the list are part of a network of influence linked to Russia.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the imposition of sanctions on seven individuals and four legal entities that are part of the Russian “network of external influence” associated with Ukrainian MP Andrei Derkach, who was previously included in the sanctions list for trying to influence the US presidential election in 2020 year. According to Pompeo’s statement, Derkach “has been an active Russian agent for over ten years and maintains close ties with the Russian special services.”.
The list includes former Ukrainian officials Konstantin Kulik, Oleksandr Onishchenko and Andriy Telizhenko, and current deputy Oleksandr Dubinsky. According to Pompeo, these individuals participated in a campaign to spread unconfirmed accusations against one of the candidates in the US elections and repeatedly made statements about the involvement of American officials in corrupt schemes in Ukraine, which was in line with Derkach’s goal of influencing the outcome of the US presidential election..
Sanctions were also imposed on the information resources Era-Media, Only News, Nabuleaks and Skeptic TOV, which disseminate false information on the orders of Derkach and his partners.
Petr Zhuravel, Dmitry Kovalchuk and Anton Symonenko included in the sanctions list for supporting Derkach.
As noted in the statement of the Ministry of Finance, Derkach and his accomplices have been conducting their disinformation campaign since at least 2019..
US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said: “Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens pose a threat to our democracy. The United States will continue to vigorously defend the integrity of our electoral systems and processes. “.
The sanctions provide for the freezing of all assets of these persons in the United States and a ban on doing business with them for American citizens.
Treasury Department urges American citizens to check social media information with reliable sources, especially when this information comes from someone outside the United States.
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