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NEW: US targeting #Russia|n-linked destabilization/influence campaigns in #Moldova

@USTreasury sanctioning 7 individuals, 1 entity, all linked to #Russia|n intelligence ImageImageImage
Per @USTreasury, those sanctioned include:

-Konstantin Prokopyevich Sapozhnikov, the leader of the malign influence group who organized a plot to destabilize the #Moldova|N gvt earlier this year

-Yury Yuryevich Makolov, who helped w/logistical support for the plot
Per @USTreasury, those sanctioned include:

-Gleb Maksimovich Khloponin, who gathered info/intel for the plot to destabilize the #Moldova|N gvt

-Svetlana Andreyevna Boyko, a member of the malign influence group who helped with budgeting for the destabilization plot
Per @USTreasury, those sanctioned include:

-Aleksey Vyacheslavovich Losev, owner of Perko Julleuchter, a ceramic lantern company, who did recon for the plot

-Vasily Viktorovich Gromovikov

-Anna Travnikova
Those sanctioned "are part of a large global information operation connected to the #Russia|n Federation that targets #Ukraine, countries bordering Ukraine including #Moldova, #Balkan countries, the #EuropeanUnion, the #UnitedKingdom, & the #UnitedStates" per @USTreasury
Those sanctioned, specifically, tried to use protests in February/March in #Chisinau & other #Moldova|n cities to "seize the Moldovan Government House" per @USTreasury

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