The Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act, known by the acronym DASKA,[1] was introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on August 2, 2018.[2]

Introduction and passage in Congress

In a joint statement on August 2, 2018, Senator Lindsey Graham said, "Our goal is to change the status quo and impose crushing sanctions and other measures against Putin’s Russia until he ceases and desists meddling in the US electoral process, halts cyber-attacks on US infrastructure, removes Russia from Ukraine, and ceases efforts to create chaos in Syria. The sanctions and other measures contained in this bill are the most hard-hitting ever imposed – and a direct result of Putin’s continued desire to undermine American democracy. I strongly believe that DNI Coats’ assessment – that the warning lights are blinking red when it comes to Russian meddling in the 2018 election – is accurate. These sanctions and other measures are designed to respond in the strongest possible fashion."[3]

On August 8, the Russian business-oriented newspaper Kommersant published the full draft text of the bill.[4] This caused the ruble to fall 2.2%.[5][6][7]

Provisions in the draft bill include:

On 11 December 2019, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved four energy bills, including the ″Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe Act of 2019″, which is meant to counter Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the committee did not consider DASKA.[1] On 18 December, the Senate panel approved DASKA, with the vote being 17–5 (all five “no” votes came from Republicans); but there was no indication of when the full Senate might vote on the measure.[9][10]


In February 2019, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to determining Putin's wealth with "It can hardly be taken seriously. Most probably it’s another Russophobic fuss."[1][11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Senate committee backs Russia energy bills, delays vote on sanctions 'from hell'. Reuters, 11 December 2019.
  2. ^ Bipartisan Senate 'Bill From Hell' Calls for 'Crushing' Sanctions Against Russia Fortune, 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ Graham, Menendez, Gardner, Cardin, McCai, Shaheen Introduce Hard Hitting Russia Sanctions Package Senate, 2 August 2018
  4. ^ a b Kommersant 8 August 2018
  5. ^ Russia Braces For 'Crushing' New Sanctions Over Electoral Interference Atlantic Council, 8 August 2018
  6. ^ Another wild week in the Russia soap opera CNN, 8 August 2018
  7. ^ Russian Ruble Leads World Currency Losses on New U.S. Sanctions Bloomberg, Natasha Doff, Artyom Danielyan, and Rita Nazareth, 8 August 2018
  8. ^ Russia Braces For 'Crushing' New Sanctions Over Electoral Interference Atlantic Council, 8 August 2018
  9. ^ Senate panel advances Russia sanctions bill 'from hell'. Reuters, 18 December 2019.
  10. ^ U.S. Senate Panel Advances Russia Sanctions Bill 'From Hell': The legislation must pass the full Senate and House of Representatives before it can be sent for President Donald Trump to sign into law or veto. The Moscow Times, 19 December 2019.
  11. ^ William Echols (March 2, 2019). "Kremlin Spokesman Calls U.S. Congressional Call to Determine Putin's Wealth 'Russophobia'". Retrieved March 4, 2019.