Its validity period is extended by one year.

American President Joe Biden has decided to extend for another year the state of emergency and the validity of a number of previously imposed sanctions, including against Russia, for alleged cyber-attacks on the United States. This is stated in a notice distributed on Wednesday by the White House press service.

“This significant malicious activity in cyberspace continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States. <…> In this regard, I extend for one year the state of emergency imposed in accordance with Decree 13694,” the message says. It clarifies that we are talking about the preservation in force of measures imposed not only by U.S. Presidential Decree 13694, but also by a similar document number 13757. The validity of this sanctions regime has been repeatedly extended by the U.S. authorities in recent years.

The first decree, signed on April 1, 2015 by the then head of the U.S. administration, Barack Obama, authorized the U.S. Treasury Department to impose sanctions against persons committing cyber-attacks, blocking any of their assets in the country and cutting them off from the national banking system. At the end of December 2016, this document was supplemented with new provisions. The punitive measures were extended to persons located outside the United States and involved in “cyber activity” fraught with “a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, economic well-being or financial stability of the United States,” as well as “with the purpose or consequence of interfering with or undermining the electoral processes or institutions of the United States.” Based on this decision, sanctions were imposed at one time against the Federal Security Service of Russia and the former Main Intelligence Directorate (now the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia). The black list of the U.S. Treasury then also included LLC “Special Technology Center” from St. Petersburg, the autonomous NGO “Professional Association of Designers of Data Processing Systems” and the organization “TSOR Security” from Moscow.