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Trump, Putin and the Interference in the 2016 US Election

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

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[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] R [/yt_dropcap]euters has reported lately that the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies provided a framework for top Russian officials on how to sway the U.S. election. The institute is the Kremlin’s in-house foreign policy think tank.

It produced two documents. The first was released to the upper reaches of the Russian government and counseled that the Kremlin should launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian-backed news that stressed the point that the smart choice for president would be a candidate with a softer approach to Moscow. This was a classified document and called for state-backed news outlets to get the message out.

Later on, in October, when Hillary Clinton appeared to be gaining distance from Trump, a second document appeared suggesting that the message now should now focus on voter fraud and the attack on Clinton’s reputation.

The two documents have come into possession of US intelligence officials and have become the basis for accusing Russia for meddling in US elections. The reaction of the think tank to the Tass Russian News Agency is that the report is incorrect and slanderous and it is issued by those who perceive the world wrongly. That reaction is itself intriguing.

Both Putin and Trump have denied any interference and insist that those Kremlin activities did not play any role in the election’s outcome. The FBI meanwhile continues to investigate.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.

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