The department said Thursday it was imposing the sanctions as retaliation for a number of shenanigans, from causing last year's NotPetya malware outbreak to meddling in the 2016 White House race.
The asset freeze, carried out under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and President Obama's executive order 13694, hits many of the individuals and groups named in last month's indictment from the Robert Mueller probe, as well as key members and branches of the Internet Research Agency – a propaganda-spreading group with close ties to the Kremlin – and known Russian military hackers.
For what it's worth, many of the named and shamed miscreants were already subject to sanctions by Uncle Sam.
Treasury will finally punish Russian individuals who, for the most part, were already indicted or subject to sanctions.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 15, 2018
"The targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia," said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.