Russia is meddling in western politics as it has nothing to lose | Robert Service

Putin knows Russia is no longer a superpower, but he can bolster his standing at home by destabilising the west

From the Brexit referendum to the American and French presidential elections, Russia has been causing serious mischief in the western democracies. Just yesterday it emerged that hundreds of fake Twitter accounts believed to be linked to the Kremlin had been used to influence British politics. The pattern is too uniform and widespread to be an accident. So what’s going on?

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