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I'm glad that Donald Trump finally got a briefing on the unanimous conclusion of America's intelligence agencies that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. But he should also request and receive a political briefing on Russia that can shed light on the backdrop to Russia's actions. Vladimir Putin was not then president, having stepped aside in keeping with the Russian constitution, allowing Dmitry Medvedev to ascend to the office.Some Russia hands believe that this disagreement might have sealed Medvedev's fate, ensuring that he served just one term and then made way for Putin's return to the presidency.When asserting itself in Georgia and Ukraine, Russia has used a hybrid strategy that involves the funding of local politicians and militias, fake news and cyberattacks. Leading German and Polish politicians assert that Russia has engaged in some such activities in their countries as well.
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