The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced on Wednesday that it would be imposing a fresh crop of sanctions on Russian operatives for recent cyber-enabled interference. Specifically, OFAC sanctioned the following individuals and entities:
- Victor Alekseyevich Boyarkin, a former GRU officer who led negotiations on behalf of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska has business ties to Paul Manafort and was designated earlier in the year;
- Project Lakhta, a Russian covert influence campaign designed to interfere in electoral systems worldwide (encompasses the Internet Research Agency);
- Viktor Borisovich Netyksho (Netyksho), Boris Alekseyevich Antonov (Antonov), Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov (Yermakov), Aleksey Viktorovich Lukashev (Lukashev), Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek (Kozachek), Artem Andreyevich Malyshev (Malyshev), Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk (Osadchuk), Aleksey Aleksandrovich Potemkin (Potemkin), and Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev (Kovalev), all GRU officers implicated computer hacking operations related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election; designated purusant to CAATSA Section 224;
- Aleksei Morenets (Morenets),Evgenii Serebriakov (Serebriakov), Oleg Sotnikov (Sotnikov), and Alexey Minin (Minin), Russian intelligence officers who targeted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and other international organizations; and
- Alexander Petrov (Petrov) and Ruslan Boshirov (Boshirov), the GRU officers deemed responsible for carrying out the Novichok nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
In a concurrent action, the State Department added a dozen of the designated entities to the List of Specified Persons. Any person deemed to “knowingly engage in a significant transaction” with the any of the dozen individuals will risk CAATSA Section 231 sanctions.
See OFAC’s press release here.