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Russia could sanction countries from which cyberattacks originate – Senate speaker – Russian Politics & Diplomacy

MOSCOW, September 20. / TASS /. Moscow could impose sanctions on countries from which cyberattacks on Russian websites originate during State Duma elections, Federation Council (upper house of parliament) chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko said on Sunday at TV host Vladimir Soloviev.

“The number of hacking attacks has increased considerably, which target in particular the website of the Central Election Commission. The reason is clear. After the elections, we will certainly ask these countries to look into this issue,” he said. she pointed out. When asked if sanctions could be imposed on these countries, Matviyenko said: “If there is reason to do it, I think we could go this route.”

The speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament noted “unprecedented foreign interference” in this year’s State Duma elections.

“Unprecedented foreign interference was observed this time around. Notably, [it began] while the elections were a distant prospect, “she told the TV show” Sunday Night with Vladimir Soloviev. “We all know who tried to interfere and in what form.”

CEC chief Ella Pamfilova previously reported unprecedented cyber attacks on the commission’s website during the elections. The Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, Maksut Shadayev, in turn said that the cyber attacks had not had a significant impact on Russian systems.

Elections to the Eighth Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) were held on September 17, 18 and 19. In addition to the State Duma elections, voters also voted for the heads of nine Russian regions and members of 39 parliaments.

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