Germany asks EU to impose sanctions on Russians over hacker attack on Bundestag

Berlin will ask European structures to impose sanctions on Russians who are responsible for a cyberattack on the Bundestag, said a representative of the German Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

“The Russian ambassador, with reference to the warrant issued by the Prosecutor General’s Office on May 5, 2020, against Russian citizen Dmitry Badin, was informed that the German government will speak in Brussels for the involvement of the European regime of cyber sanctions against those responsible for the attack on the German Bundestag. Including with regard to Mr. Badin,” a representative of the German ministry said.

The so-called EU cyber-sanction regime implies, in particular, a ban on entry into the countries of the union and the freezing of assets.
The representative of the German Foreign Ministry also said that Germany has “strong evidence” that the perpetrator of the hacker attack on the Bundestag, that is, Badin, worked for Russian intelligence.

German law enforcement agencies believe that Russian was part of a hacker group that attacked the Bundestag. We are talking about a hacker attack in April – May 2015.

A representative of the German Foreign Ministry also warned that Berlin may impose restrictive measures against Russian representatives in connection with a cyberattack on the Bundestag. She added that the German government is considering the case in the context of the murder in Tiergarten (district of Berlin), which had previously expelled two employees of the Russian Embassy in Germany.

“The government is considering this case, including in view of the ongoing investigation into the so-called Tiergarten murder case, and reserves the right to take further action,” the German official said.

Earlier Thursday, Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechayev was summoned to the German Foreign Ministry, where it was reported that Russians are suspected of a cyber attack on the Bundestag.

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