Sanctions Against Russian National Over Hacking Attacks On Bundestag
May 29, 2020
Germany's Foreign Ministry has threatened EU sanctions against "those
responsible" for a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament,
including a Russian national as a diplomatic dispute between the two
The ministry said in a statement on May 28 that it had summoned the
Russian ambassador to Berlin to deliver the message, saying evidence
showed that Dmitry Badin was working for the Russian intelligence agency
at the time of the attack.
German prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Badin, who was already
being sought by U.S. authorities and is believed to be part of the
hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, on May 5.
"The Russian ambassador was informed that on the basis of an arrest
warrant issued by the [German] federal prosecutor's office on May 5
against Russian national Dmitry Badin, that the German government will
seek in Brussels to use the EU cybersanctions regime against those
responsible for the attack on the German Bundestag, including Mr.
Badin," the ministry said in a statement.
"There is reliable evidence that [Badin] was a member of [Russia's] GRU
military secret service at the time of the attack." the statement added.
Earlier this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there was
“hard evidence” of the involvement of "Russian forces" in a 2015
cyberattack against the German parliament in which documents from her
own parliamentary office were reportedly stolen.
May 27, the Russian Embassy in Berlin denied any involvement in the
cyberattacks on the Bundestag, saying that the issue is being used by
Berlin to divert attention away from problems over the coronavirus
Russia's Foreign Ministry did not immediately comment on the German
Germany’s Foreign Ministry also said its assessment was influenced by an
ongoing investigation into the killing of a former Chechen separatist
fighter, Georgian native Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, in Berlin in August
The apparent assassination led to an exchange of diplomatic expulsions
between Berlin and Moscow.
The German government “expressly reserves the right to take further
measures," the ministry said.