US Treasury Sanctions Two Russians for Enemy Influence Operations

US Treasury Sanctions Two Russians for Enemy Influence Operations

The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on two Russians for hostile influence operations

US Treasury Building   The US Treasury imposed sanctions against two Russians for hostile influence operations

The US Department of Justice filed a criminal charge against Alexander Ionov, one of the defendants on the Treasury's sanctions list

The US Treasury Department announced on Friday that it is imposing sanctions on two individuals and four entities that support the Kremlin's operations of hostile influence on other countries and interference in foreign elections. This is stated in a message published on the website of the Ministry of Finance. In addition, the US Department of Justice today indicted one of the individuals on the Treasury's sanctions list.

“These individuals and entities have played various roles in Russia's attempts to manipulate and destabilize the United States, its allies and partners, including Ukraine” , the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

The names of Alexander Ionov, President of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, and Natalya Burlinova, expert of the Russian International Affairs Council and President of the Center for Support and Development of Public Initiatives “Creative Diplomacy” were included in the sanctions list.

In addition, sanctions were imposed in relation to the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, the Center for Support and Development of Public Initiatives “Creative Diplomacy”, LLC “Ionov Transcontinental” and Stop-Imperialism Global Information Agency, which are associated with Ionov and Burlinova.

On Friday in Tampa, Florida, Alexander Ionov was charged with running a long-running campaign of hostile foreign influence that has seen various U.S. political groups used by the Kremlin to incite discord, spread pro-Russian propaganda, and interfere in elections.

According to the indictment, Ionov, along with at least three Russian officials, carried out this campaign from December 2014 to March 2022.

“According to court documents, Ionov allegedly led an outrageous campaign of influence, turning American political groups and US citizens into tools of the Russian government,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen. “The Department of Justice will not allow Russia to illegally sow discord and spread disinformation within the United States.”

Aleksandr Ionov, a self-described “human rights activist,” filed complaints against Meduza with Roskomnadzor in 2019 and 2021.

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According to Meduza, in May 2019, British journalist Dean Sterling-Jones reported that Alexander Ionov helped Alexander Malkevich, a political strategist associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin, raise funds for the release of Russian woman Maria Butina, who was convicted in the United States for violating the law on foreign agents .

Ionov also defended the rights of Russian hackers detained abroad on suspicion of cyber fraud and interference in US elections – in particular, Stanislav Lisov and Petr Levashov.