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AFTER ELECTION HACKING, US EXPELS 35 RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS.
IN RESPONSE TO the alleged email hacking by Russia during the 2016 Presidential election, then President Barack Obama gave 35 Russian intelligence operatives 72 hours to leave the United States over the New Year period. He even blocked Russia from accessing two compounds in New York and Maryland that were used for “intelligence-related purposes” by Russian personnel. Obama also placed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies — the GRU and the FSB. And in a bid to expose the Russians, the US released a report of forensic evidence that links the cyberattacks to servers used by Russian intelligence services.
In retaliation, the Kremlin, which denounced the hacking allegations, recommended that Russia should expel 35 US diplomats from their country, stop US personnel from using a holiday home in western Moscow and bar access to a warehouse north of the city. But Vladimir Putin refused to take any action, being hailed by current President Trump as being “very smart”.