U.S. Sanctions Ukrainian Operative Helping Giuliani Interfere In Election
The Trump administration sanctioned four individuals linked to Russia on Thursday, Buzzfeed News reports, including one Ukrainian lawmaker it labeled “an active Russian agent” who has assisted Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to find dirt on Joe Biden.
The biggest name added to the list is that of Andriy Derkach, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, who the Treasury Department said in a statement “has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services.”
Derkach is part of a ragtag group of Ukrainian operatives working with Giuliani and hoping to help congressional Republicans to surface damaging details about Joe Biden and his family ahead of the election to benefit Trump.
“Derkach and other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement. “The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to counter these Russian disinformation campaigns and uphold the integrity of our election system.”
Derkach also has said he sent materials to Republican senators investigating the debunked right-wing conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.
The Treasury Department suggested Derkach’s actions amounted to an attempt to undermine the November election. It said the designation of Derkach was focused on exposing Russian malign influence campaigns and protecting the upcoming elections from foreign interference.
Buzzfeed reported that the Treasury Department "also sanctioned three Russian nationals: Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreyev, and Darya Aslanova — all residents of St. Petersburg."