This time at least 24 of them were punished by the Treasury Department and the government over the allegation of “maligned activity”. The AP reports that the move was “done as a measure so that people could see that Trump is indeed taking action against Russia’s unacceptable behavior”.
The AP also notes that instead of punishing Russia for one action, the government, has taken broader action for a class of actions by Russia around the world. “Their behavior must be stopped” notes an anonymous government official.
It’s also worth noting that of the 24 sanctioned, ehum, are deeply and personally connected to Putin himself.