'They're like our nerd warriors': How the Treasury Department is waging economic war on Russia

Washington (CNN) Three months into US-led sanctions designed to crush Russia's economy for its war in Ukraine , Russia has appeared surprisingly resilient.
But inside the Treasury Department, teams of sanctions experts view that resilience as a mirage.
That's the wrong message to take,'" said a senior Treasury official, detailing the months of work they have spent crafting sanctions against Russia.
As top US military officials in the Pentagon watch the hot war unfold in Ukraine, a new era of economic warfare is underway.
From hunting terrorist money to targeting RussiaThe Treasury Department's sanctions experts are overseen by its Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Target-rich environmentCombined with the unparalleled cooperation across the coalition of Western allies, officials say they have an unprecedented real-time view of Russia's activities.
Inside Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control, several officials on Gacki's team are focused solely on finding and preparing targets inside Russia.
In rare moments of candor, some Russian officials have provided glimpses into the economic damage taking hold.
Russian Central Bank Chairman Elvira Nabiullina on June 3, 2021.
"This is an experienced central banker who is making it look like the Russian economy is strong when it's not," said Gacki.
Treasury officials have been quietly, but deeply, engaged with their European counterparts to craft a mechanism to cut back Russia's soaring oil and gas revenue, officials say.
"It's kind of wanting to pull back the curtain and say really, the Russian economy is not healthy."