16 Sep '18, 4am

Russian Meddling Abroad: Does Putin Pull All The Strings?

As alleged Russian plots, conspiracies and crimes unfold against the West, prosecutors and pundits routinely blame Vladimir Putin or a circle of Kremlin insiders said to be acting on direct orders from the president. Putin may indeed have involvement in some shadowy schemes, but is he micromanaging every suspected poisoning, computer hack and influence campaign? Experts say not necessarily. Instead, they say Putin and his entourage may be sending out signals about what he wants, and ambitious officials and individuals scramble to interpret and fulfill them to win his favor. The motley mix of Russians accused of meddling in U.S. politics seems to illustrate this. Gun activist Maria Butina , who is jailed in Washington on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent, is among those on the margins of power who seemed to seize an ...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/russian-meddling-abroad-...

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