Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections
The Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in order to increase political instability in the United States and to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign by bolstering the candidacies of Donald J. Trump, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein. A January 2017 assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) stated that Russian leadership favored presidential candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, and that Russian president Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" to harm Clinton's electoral chances and "undermine public faith in the US democratic process.
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- Putin doesn't need to undermine democracy in the U.S. because first you have to have a democracy to undermine. The U.S. is a capitalist dictatorship with phony elections the majority don't participate in. I mean, we can't even get real choice beyond the two capitalist parties.
- ...the simplistic narrative that basically imagines that a bunch of subliterate-in-English trolls posting mostly static and sort of absurd advertising could have influenced American public opinion to such an extent that it fundamentally changed American politics is ridiculous on the face of it. And the fact that we're sort of falling deeper and deeper into that vision of the story is a little nuts.
- Masha Gessen, in an interview with David Greene of NPR "Journalists Argue Russian Interference Has Been Exaggerated" (1 March 2018)