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    Russian Compound in Md. Shutting Down Friday

    Federal officials are shutting down a Russian-owned compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid sweeping U.S. sanctions in response to election-related hacking. (Published Friday, Dec. 30, 2016)

    Federal officials are shutting down a Russian-owned compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid sweeping U.S. sanctions in response to election-related hacking.

    President Barack Obama gave Russia until Friday at noon to leave the 45-acre property, which the Soviet government bought in 1972.

    One of two Russian compounds that the U.S. plans to close is located in Centreville, Maryland, a State Department official confirmed to News4 Thursday afternoon. The other is in Glen Cove, New York.

    Video shot from Chopper4 Thursday afternoon and again Friday morning shows a flurry of activity and multiple unmarked cars on the perimeter of the sprawling waterfront property in Centreville.

    Feds Shutting Down Russian Compound in Maryland

    [DC] Feds Shutting Down Russian Compound in Maryland
    President Obama has ordered two Russian-owned compounds to be shut down as part of the sweeping sanctions issued against the country in response to their alleged hacking activities. News4’s Darcy Spencer reports on the latest from the compound located in Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016)

    On Thursday, officials appeared to set up an antenna, plus lights at each entrance. A man in what looked to be a law enforcement boat appeared to watch the property by water.

    White House officials said the facility is recreational but also used for intelligence activities.

    Intelligence officials told NBC News the property was used for work to monitor the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and another NSA building on Kent Island.

    The second compound U.S. officials ordered Russia to vacate is in Long Island, New York.

    Obama said Thursday that his administration is kicking out of the country 35 Russian diplomats working as intelligence operatives.

    "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," he said in a statement. He added: "Such activities have consequences."

    Federal Officials Descend on Russian Compound in Maryland

    Federal Officials Descend on Russian Compound in Maryland
    Federal officials are shutting down a Russian-owned compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and 35 Russian diplomats are ordered to leave the country. News4's Darcy Spencer and NBC News have the latest.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016)

    These 35 people work in the Russian Embassy in D.C. and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, the State Department said. They are being declared "persona non grata" and will be given 72 hours to leave the country.

    Trump released this statement Thursday evening: "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders on the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."

    Russian officials have denied the Obama administration's accusation that the Russian government -- including President Vladimir Putin himself -- worked to influence the U.S. presidential election.

    U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's goal was to help Donald Trump win -- an assessment Trump has dismissed as ridiculous.

    The president-elect was asked on Wednesday about possible sanctions against Russia.

    "I think we ought to get on with our lives," he said. 

    RAW VIDEO: Feds Shut Down Russian Compound in Maryland

    [DC] RAW VIDEO: Feds Shut Down Russian Compound in Maryland
    Raw video from Chopper4 shows authorities surrounding a Russian-owned compound in Centreville, Maryland. Federal officials are shutting down the compound following President Obama's orders for strict sanctions against Russia.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016)

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more details on this developing story.