U.S. Expels 35 Russian diplomats In a strong response to election hacking, US President Barack Obama has sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials while expelling 35 Russian officials and shutting down two Russian-owned compounds in the US. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date over Russia's involvement in hacking U.S. political groups inthe 2016 presidential election. In response to the US action, Russian authorities have also ordered closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow.
The measures, taken during the last days of Obama's presidency, mark a new post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russian ties which have deteriorated over Ukraine and Syria.
Allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed efforts to intervene in the U.S. election process by hacking mostly Democrats have made relations even worse.