The Obama administration announced a round of sanctions against Moscow on Thursday over its alleged hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers to influence this year’s presidential election.
US intelligence agencies—the CIA and FBI—have previously accused Russia of influencing November’s election in order to help Donald Trump win the presidency, accusations Russian President Vladimir Putin has vehemently denied.
President Obama signed an executive order Thursday outlining the punishment for individuals and organizations they believe were involved in “tampering with, altering, or causing a misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions.”
The sanctions will hit Russian individuals while closing two Russian compounds, one in New York and another in Maryland. Thirty-five Russian operatives and their families have been ordered to leave the country within the next 72 hours.