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Putting into historical context White House’s sanctions on Russia over cyberhacking

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This combination of file photos shows US President Barack Obama speaking at the White House in Washington, DC on December 16, 2016 and Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow on December 23, 2016. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The White House has unveiled a series of sanctions against Russia for election-related cyberhacking.

The package of penalties include the ouster of 35 Russian officials and the closure of two Russian state-owned enterprises in the U.S.

The measures are the toughest yet the Obama administration have taken to date for a cyberattack. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response has been muted. He has rejected the country’s foreign minister’s recommendation to retaliate and vowed to work with President-Elect Trump to better US-Russia relations.

Guest host Patt Morrison discusses the censures with a panel of Russian experts and historians.

Guests:

Jeffrey Tayler, author and journalist, Russia correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly; he tweets from @JeffreyTayler1

Nina Tumarkin, a professor of History and Slavic Studies at Wellesley College. She is an expert on US-Russia relations

Yoshiko Margaret Herrera, Professor of Political Science specializing in Russia and the former Soviet states at University of Wisconsin-Madison

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