Media: US will punish Moscow for cyber espionage and “fatal poisoning” of Navalny

The White House is preparing sanctions against Russia in connection with the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and cyber espionage behind Solarwinds, the newspaper writes on Tuesday The Washington Post.

“The Biden administration is preparing sanctions and other measures in order to punish Moscow for cyber espionage against SolarWinds, as well as for the almost fatal poisoning of the leader of the Russian opposition,” the publication quoted unnamed sources.

Commenting on The Washington Post, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it would take several weeks to prepare the sanctions.

“The best prediction I can give is that this job will take weeks, not months,” she said.

In December 2020, the media reported that hackers had broken into systems belonging to several ministries and departments. A number of US officials said that the hacker group APT29 or Cozy Bear, allegedly connected with Russian intelligence, was probably behind the cyberattacks. Later it became known that the cyberattack was aimed at the IT company SolarWinds.

Recall that on January 17, Alexei Navalny returned to Russia after five months in Germany, where he was undergoing rehabilitation after poisoning. The politician was detained while passing the border control. Later, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow changed his suspended sentence to a real one – 3.5 years in a general regime colony – in the Yves Rocher case. In December 2014, Navalny and his brother Oleg were found guilty of embezzlement in this case. In total, Navalny will have to serve 2 years and 8 months, taking into account the time he spent under house arrest in 2014.

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