Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"Putin's Revenge" in 2016 had been building up a long time (PBS Frontline)

A two-part series on PBS Frontline’s “Putin Files”, called “Putin’s Revenge”, traces the history that leads to Putin’s leading Russia to hack American social media with fake news to sow division and put an authoritarian-minded person (Trump) like himself in the presidency.

Putin, even like Kim Jong Un, has seen the US dispose dictators.  He interpreted statements by George W Bush (even after empathizing over 9.11) and then Hillary Clinton as an existential threat to the Russian state.  The fall of Gadaffi in 2011 after the Arab Spring strengthened Putin’s resolve.
Was the 2013 anti-gay propaganda law a diversion from this agenda?

A major incident that affected his attitudes was the 2004 Beslan School Siege by Checnynan extremists. 
Minnpost has a good summary of the new subseries. 

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