U.S. Sanctions Russians for Election Interference and Cyberattacks

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A picture taken on March 8, 2018 shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin congratulating Russian women on International Women's Day.  (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House imposed new sanctions Thursday on 24 Russian entities and individuals for election interference and cyberattacks. Those sanctioned include the Internet Research Agency, known for using fake social media accounts to post divisive rhetoric during the 2016 presidential election. According to the White House, the sanctions, which had already been approved by Congress, include Russian groups who planned to break into the U.S. energy grid. The sanctions come after British Prime Minister Theresa May's expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats after the poisoning of a former Russian spy. We discuss what sanctions mean for U.S.-Russia relations.

Guests:

Kimberly Marten, professor of political science, Barnard College; director of the program on U.S.-Russian relations, Harriman Institute at Columbia University

Alina Polyakova, fellow, Brookings Institution's Center on the U.S. and Europe

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