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 US senators to introduce bill on 'comprehensive' sanctions against Russia

Republican U.S. Senator John McCain and Democratic Senators Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez will introduce legislation to impose "comprehensive" sanctions on Russia over its attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

Republican U.S. Senator John McCain and Democratic Senators Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez said on Monday they would introduce legislation to impose "comprehensive" sanctions on Russia over its attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

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On Dec. 29, Washington announced sanctions in relation to Moscow's involvement in cyberattacks against several Russian companies, the Federal Security Service, and the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The U.S. also expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the country and announced closure of two Russia-belonging facilities in the states of New York and Maryland. Moscow has been denying its involvement in the cyberattacks. Russian president's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the new sanctions were an act of aggression.

On Jan. 9, 2017, the U.S. government extended the list of Russian citizens covered by sanctions under Magnitsky Act. The new list includes top Russian investigator Alexander Bastrykin, Stanislav Gordievsky, Dmitry Kovtun, Andrey Lugovoy, and Gennady Plaksin.


 
 
 
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