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US election interference. Sanctions were imposed on FSB associates

Administracja USA ogłosiła w piątek nałożenie sankcji na szefa "ruchu antyglobalistycznego" Aleksandra Ionowa zaangażowanego w "globalne operacje wpływu" Kremla oraz ingerencję w wybory i próby destabilizacji USA i partnerów. Ionow i powiązane z nim osoby miały działać na zlecenie rosyjskiej Federalnej Służby Bezpieczeństwa (FSB).

The US administration on Friday announced sanctions against Alexander Ionov, the leader of the “anti-globalization movement” who is involved in the Kremlin’s “global influence activities”, as well as meddling in elections and efforts to destabilize the US and its allies. Ionov and his accomplices were supposed to be acting on behalf of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

Alexander Ionov and Natalia Berlinova are affected by sanctions. They both had to cooperate with the FSB and oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin. For US elections. Ionov also received criminal charges.

According to the announcement, Ionov, who runs, among others, Russia’s anti-globalization movement, is tasked with “identifying sociopolitical dissent within the United States” and supporting American organizations in the United States deemed to be contributing to the country’s destabilization.

“In the summer of 2021, Ionov informed the FSB about the political aspirations of a well-known American person; the FSB subsequently expressed interest in this person,” the US Treasury said in a statement.

A Justice Ministry report on the charges against Ionov said he recruited “political groups in the United States” in Florida, Georgia and California and “exercised leadership or control over them on behalf of the FSB.”

Ionov, among others, sponsor a trip by activists from one of the unnamed organizations to protest against one of the social networks that imposed restrictions on Russian content. Ionowa, following journalist Casey Michel on Twitter, said these organizations included the California-Texas Secession Movement and the Uhuru “Black Nationalist” movement.

The second person subject to sanctions, Natalia Berlinova Chairman of FSB-affiliated NGO PICREADI, which holds annual meetings for “interested leaders in academia, media, private sector and government institutions”. As stated in the press release, further activities and careers of the participants of these conferences – “Russia meeting” – were followed by the Russian services.

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