The United States accuses Aleksandr Ionov and Natalya Burlinova of having financed pro-Russian propaganda and supported a candidate for the post of governor.
The United States announced sanctions against two Russians accused of disinformation and interference in the US elections, including funding pro-Russian propaganda and supporting a gubernatorial candidate.
The individuals and entities named today played various roles in Russia's attempts to manipulate and destabilize the United States and its allies and partners, including Ukraine, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.
Free and fair elections are a pillar of American democracy that must be protected from outside influence, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in the statement.
< p class="e-p">These sanctions are separate from those taken by Washington and its allies against Russia since the invasion of Ukraine in February.
Is in particular targeted Aleksandr Ionov who has, moreover, been indicted by American justice for conspiring to recruit agents for the service of Russia.
The Muscovite is accused of having, between 2014 and 2022, recruited political groups in Florida, Georgia and California, under the supervision of Russian intelligence services and with the support of the Kremlin, to ;After a statement from the US Department of Justice.
Ionov provided financial support to these groups, ordered them to publish pro-Russian propaganda, coordinated and financed direct action by these groups in the United States to promote Russian interests, and coordinated coverage of this activity in the Russian media, it is detailed.
He is also accused of having collaborated with an operation already sanctioned by Washington for interference in the American presidential election from 2016, this time on the feasibility of directly supporting a candidate in a 2022 gubernatorial election, the Treasury adds.
“In mid-2021, [Aleksandr] Ionov worked to spread and promote disinformation that would influence the US election process and exacerbate the sociopolitical division within the United States.
— Excerpt from US Department of Justice press release
He is the founding president of the Russian Anti-Globalization Movement, Ionov Transkontinental and the STOP-Imperialism website , which presents itself as a "global news agency", in English and Russian, points out the Treasury. These three entities are also targeted by economic sanctions.
The United States has also targeted Natalya Burlinova and her Public Initiative Creative Diplomacy Support and Development Center , (Picreadi) which is dependent on [Russian] state funding, Treasury says.
These sanctions freeze assets and property in the United States of persons and entities targeted.