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Russian Military Intelligence: Background and Issues for Congress
Following Russias occupation of Ukraines Crimea region and invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014, many observers have linked Russia to additional malicious acts abroad. U.S. and European officials and analysts have accused Russia of, among other things, interfering in U.S. elections in 2016; attempting a coup in Montenegro in 2016; conducting cyberattacks against the World AntiDoping Agency and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in 2016 and 2018, respectively; attempting to assassinate Russian intelligence defector Sergei Skripal in theUnited Kingdom in 2018; and offering bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to attack U.S. personnel in Afghanistan. Implicated in all these activities is Russias military intelligence agency, the Main Directorate of the General Staff (GU), also known as the GRU.
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