April 6, 2018 / 12:38 PM / 15 days ago

U.S. sanctions Russians over "malign activity"

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - The United States sanctioned 24 Russian people, including oligarchs and government officials, and 14 groups on Friday over what it called a range of malign activities by Moscow to subvert Western democracies, the Treasury Department said.

“The Russian government engages in a range of malign activity around the globe, including continuing to occupy Crimea and instigate violence in eastern Ukraine, supplying the Assad regime with material and weaponry as they bomb their own civilians, attempting to subvert Western democracies, and malicious cyber activities,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Doina Chiacu;

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