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U.S. Congress slaps Russia with new sanctions

On 14 June 2017, the U.S. Senate slapped more sanctions on Russia by voting on the so-called The Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017 (CRIEEA). The bill was introduced on the most recent U.S. Iran Sanctions – Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (CIDAA – S.722).  CRIEEA expands on existing U.S. Russia related sanctions. 

U.S. Adds Five Russians to Magnitsky Sanctions, including close aide to President Putin

On 09 January 2017, the Obama Administration announced that it added five Russian nationals to the Magnitsky Sanctions list for human rights abuses. The move by the Obama Administration will further complicate how President-Elect Trump can ease tensions between Russia and the U.S. The most eye-catching designated individual is Aleksandr I. Bastrykin, an aide who directly reports to President Putin.