18.02.16 Russia Sanctions

March 16, 2018

U.S. Sanctions Russia
For “Nefarious Attacks”

White House announces new sanctions against Russia – the FIRST for meddling in the 2016 elections.

But *also* a long list of other Russian “mischief” every American should know about.

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‘The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure.’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Press Release Mar. 15, 2018

What You Need To Know:
New Sanctions

Who: Targets 5 Russian “entities” & 19 Russian individuals.

Why: Not only meddling in our elections but major cyber attacks targeting everything from American ground, water & sky a our power grid, manufacturing facilities, aviation systems & even our nuclear power plants.

Timing Matters

  • Wednesday: Prime Minister of UK, Theresa May, blames Russia for using a nerve agent to poison 2 UK citizens – a former Russian spy & his daughter – who survived but remain in critical condition. This nerve agent is an illegal chemical weapon.
  • This Weekend: Russian Presidential Election; Vladimir Putin expected to win.
“This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

Joint Statement: France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom

View Statement

Sanctions Also Address:
“NotPeya Attack”

  • WH: “mostA destructive & costly cyberattack in history’ (happened in 2017)
  • $$: Billions in damage worldwide.
  • Disrupted shipping, trade & production of medicines.
  • Several hospitals in U.S. unable toA create electronic records.
  • Attributed to Russia military.

What Do Sanctions Really Do?

A “All property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”
U.S. Treasury Department

‘The Americans have no grounds for introducing new sanctions. We have moved to prepare our own measures in response.’

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, interview with Interfax News Agency quoted in Wall Street Journal, Mar 15, 2018

Are sanctions effective? It’s debatable. Some say this move by WH is “symbolic” but important. Others say it’s not enough. We thought an article by “Wired” provides interesting perspective. Read on:

by Jenna Lee,