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Russian military parade in Moscow’s Red Square, May 2018

Opinion: What kind of Russian meddling?

  • Russia meddles abroad, but how and why these actions occur is poorly understood
  • Political power in Russia is exercised by rival “teams,” supervised by the big boss
  • The interplay of these teams results in unexpected, often stupid actions
  • The Western impulse to quarantine Russia in retaliation will only make things worse

“Russian” meddling in the internal affairs of various states, from the United States to Malta, Venezuela or Madagascar, has become part of our political discourse and of the political reality it shapes. Its use as a universal explanatory model has even inspired some clever parodies. For example, the absurdist German political grouping Die PARTEI contained the following plank in its 2017 campaign platform: “Die PARTEI demands that German courts accept the explanation ‘Putin did it’ as an extenuating circumstance for late rent payments, travel delays, rear-end collisions and defective smartphone screens.” Humor works when it touches a real nerve. The joke was funny.

Russian interference exists beyond any reasonable doubt. Almost every individual accusation might be disputed, but Russian hackers, mercenaries, military personnel, spies, gangsters, shady dealers, spin doctors and other adventurers have left too many tracks all over the world to plausibly deny everything. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe
The real constituents of Russia’s political regime are not institutions but informal groups of people
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What's inside
  • Russia meddles abroad, but how and why these actions occur is poorly understood
  • Political power in Russia is exercised by rival “teams,” supervised by the big boss
  • The interplay of these teams results in unexpected, often stupid actions
  • The Western impulse to quarantine Russia in retaliation will only make things worse
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