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Putin Has Lessons for Trump in the Art of ‘Great Powerness’

  • Kremlin has a long history of promulgating ‘altered facts’
  • Kissinger and Brezhnev discussed how to fix German election
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Kasparov: Trump Always Finds Words to Defend Putin

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Warning: the Kremlin is trying to split the West by spreading “altered facts,” conducting blackmail and setting up front organizations, the U.S. State Department said -- in 1981.

So-called active measures were common during the Cold War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union sought to unify and divide Europe with equal urgency. Now those tactics appear to be back, retooled for the digital age as President Vladimir Putin embraces the even older Russian foreign policy tradition of “derzhavnost,” or “great powerness.”