US Sanctions Russians Allegedly Using Cryptocurrency to Influence Presidential Election

US Sanctions Russians Allegedly Using Cryptocurrency to Influence Presidential Election


The U.S. has sanctioned several Russian nationals, a Ukrainian lawmaker, and their cryptocurrency addresses for interfering with the country’s electoral process. The Russians are allegedly employees of a troll factory that previously targeted presidential candidates.

Operations to Interfere With U.S. Elections

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has “designated four Russia-linked individuals for attempting to influence the U.S. electoral process.”

The Treasury alleges that “Russia uses a variety of proxies to attempt to sow discord between political parties and drive internal divisions to influence voters” with the aim to “undermine democratic countries and institutions.” The announcement explains that in the U.S., “Russia has used a wide range of influence methods and actors to target our electoral process, including targeting U.S. presidential candidates.”

Three of the four people designated — Russian nationals Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreyev, and Darya Aslanova — are employees of

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