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Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:11 AM

4 Things Western Democracies Need to Understand to Stop Hostile Kremlin Meddling

https://observer.com/2017/05/russia-vladimir-putin-disinformation-meddling-western-democracies/

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#1. Putin’s regime wants to call itself a superpower and to be respected as such. Apart from having nuclear weapons and large territory, Russia has nothing that makes it anything more than a regional dictatorship with living standards of a developing country. Freedom of speech in Russia is worse than in Zimbabwe, political opponents are shot or poisoned, journalists are assassinated, history is systematically falsified, and most major media outlets are controlled by the regime. Putin suppresses domestic opposition—from both political groups and independent media—because he has failed to deliver solid living standards for ordinary Russians over the course of the 17 years he has ruled. Russia has a lower GDP than Italy, and its average wages are lower than Romania’s.

On the international stage, there isn’t much to respect Russia for—apart from its status of a doping superpower; its occupation of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova; and its covering up for bloody dictators like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Western leftists need to wake up from their naïve dream of Russia being a champion of socialist ideals, and Western rightists should recognize that Russia is not a champion of conservative values; it suppresses individual freedoms and has the highest abortion rate in the world. Putin’s regime kills and bullies to get respected. Democracies need to denounce this paradigm. It worked at the end of 1980s, and it will work again if we stop buying into the Soviet dictatorship’s fear game.

#2. Moscow is still dangerous. Knowing it is militarily inferior to NATO, Russia uses cowards’ weapons: disinformation operations and political subversion. There are countries that had no problem selling parts of their sovereignty to Moscow. For example, the Kremlin practically owns a majority of the Serbian national energy supply. Or it openly pays Marine Le Pen for her presidency bid. The fact that she received major campaign donations from a bloody foreign dictator who occupies territories of European countries didn’t discredit her in the eyes of the French public.

Then, there are politicians who turned a blind eye to the Kremlin’s activities—and now they are surprised. Democrats in the United States have long ignored Kremlin influence operations, until it hit them hard in the fall of 2016—a fate similar to the French left’s. Conservatives in the U.K. have held hawkish positions on Russia’s aggressive steps in Eastern Europe, but they basically tolerated harboring Russian dirty money in London.

#3. Disinformation operations are a real and urgent threat to democracies worldwide. Once the political leadership recognizes this, the security apparatus gets the green light to develop detailed policy measures to protect the country. That’s what’s happening now in Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland, but the Baltic states have known this for decades. Moreover, once the government starts addressing this threat publicly, the media will make it a national issue. TV shows will elaborate on what disinformation look like, and major outlets will assign top investigators to research Kremlin proxy financing of local extremists or disinformation outlets. This auto-immune response needs to be launched by the government. Otherwise, only several isolated think tanks and patriotic journalists will dig into the subject, as is currently the case Slovakia, Hungary and France. . . .

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rso Jul 6 #1
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GeoWilliam750 Jul 6 #3
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 6 #4
Mister Ed Jul 6 #7
Hermit-The-Prog Jul 6 #5
rockfordfile Jul 6 #6

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:45 AM

1. Russian disinformation

And as soon as he is inaugurated, Biden needs to order our Intel community to unleash our vastly superior offensive cyber capabilities against Putin and his oligarchs.
Expose their darkest secrets, wreck their financial records, and attack Kremlin infrastructure. Our formidable, unmatched capabilities have been ordered to stand down by Donnie, but we need to teach Putin a lesson that will have him crying for his mommy.

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Response to rso (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 02:05 AM

2. First step. Cut all internet links to Russia.

All fiber cables...CUT.

Quarantine Russia like the virus that it is under Putin’s regime.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 03:24 AM

3. Isn't the Observer owned or run by Jared Kushner's brother-in-law?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 03:35 AM

4. The only thing that keeps Russia on the world stage is oil and gas.....

just like several Arabian Peninsula nations. Things are going to be a huge mess when those spigots run dry....

KY......

PS: CousinIT - Thanks for posting but your OP title said 4 things but only lists three.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 05:45 AM

7. The OP links to the rest of the article. n/t

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 03:48 AM

5. "[T]he media will make it a national issue." That assumes a competitive, not complicit, media.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 04:25 AM

6. We are going into another cold war

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