Sanction of Russia-linked disinformation network for involvement in attempts to influence U.S. elections

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven people and four entities that are part of a Russian-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was appointed on September 10, 2020, in accordance with the executive order ( EO) 13848 for his attempt. to influence the 2020 US presidential election. Derkach, member of the Ukrainian parliament, has been an active Russian agent for more than a decade, maintaining close ties with Russian intelligence services.

Former Ukrainian government officials Konstantin Kulyk, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, Andriy Telizhenko and current Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksandr Dubinsky have appeared publicly or affiliated with Derkach through the coordinated dissemination and promotion of fraudulent or unfounded allegations regarding an American political candidate. They have made repeated public statements of malicious accounts that US government officials have engaged in corrupt transactions in Ukraine. These efforts and narratives are consistent with or support Derkach’s goals to influence the 2020 US Presidential Election. As such, these individuals have been designated in accordance with OE 13848 to have directly or indirectly engaged, sponsored , concealed or otherwise complicit in foreign influence in an attempt to undermine the 2020 US election.

NabuLeaks, Era-Media, Only News and Skeptik TOV are front media companies in Ukraine that broadcast fake stories at the behest of Derkach and his associates. They are designated in accordance with OE 13848 to be owned or controlled by Derkach or his media team. Today’s action also includes the designation of Petro Zhuravel, Dmytro Kovalchuk and Anton Simonenko for materially aiding, sponsoring or providing financial, material or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of Derkach.

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