Russia Adds German
Officials Barred From Entry In Tit-For-Tat Over 2015 Cyberattack
December 29, 2020
Moscow says it has
added several senior German security officials to its list of those barred from
the country in response to the European Union's decision to place travel bans on
Russian officials over a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament.
The Russian Foreign Ministry did not name the individuals added to the list on
December 29 in the tit-for-tat move, saying "the new persons involved in the
Russian stop-list have been elected senior officials of the German security and
intelligence agencies that are part of the system of the German Defense
In October, the European Union and Great Britain imposed sanctions against the
head of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, a unit within the agency, and
one of its officers for their involvement in the cyberattack.
the attack, the Bundestag's information system's operations were disrupted for
several days, a "significant" amount of data was stolen, and the e-mail accounts
of several members of parliament, including Chancellor Angela Merkel's, were
"affected," according to the EU.
The sanctions included an asset freeze on a unit within the GRU's 85th Main
Special Service Center (GTsSS), also known as military unit 26165, whose
officers took part in the cyberattack against the Bundestag, according to the
The individuals hit by asset freezes and travel bans include GTsSS officer
Dmitry Badin, who the EU said was part of the team that conducted the
The EU also targeted Igor Kostyukov, saying that as head of the GRU he is
responsible for cyberattacks carried out by the GTsSS.