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29 September 2020

US Sanctions Russians Allegedly Using Cryptocurrency to Influence Presidential Election | News Bitcoin News

US Sanctions Russians Allegedly Using Cryptocurrency to Influence Presidential Election | News Bitcoin News


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The Russians are allegedly employees of a troll factory that previously targeted presidential candidates.

The Treasury alleges that “Russia uses a variety of proxies to attempt to sow discord between political parties and drive internal divisions to influence voters” with the aim to “undermine democratic countries and institutions.” The announcement explains that in the U.S., “Russia has used a wide range of influence methods and actors to target our electoral process, including targeting U.S.

Three of the four people designated — Russian nationals Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreyev, and Darya Aslanova — are employees of the Russian troll factory known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the announcement notes, adding:.

The Treasury Department has previously designated the troll factory and its Russian financier Yevgeniy Prigozhin.

The fourth person sanctioned on Thursday was Andrii Derkach, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament who has been an active Russian agent for over a decade and has retained close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services, the Treasury Department alleges.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claims that Derkach, and “other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world.”.

The Treasury Department also updated its OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN) with details of the four individuals named above and their cryptocurrency addresses.

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