Putin-linked think tank drew plan to sway US election

Russian state TV anchorman Dmitry Kiselyov

Putin-linked think tank drew plan to sway US election

Seven current and former USA officials said the papers produced by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies laid out Russia's strategy and rationale for attempting to swing the election to Donald Trump, or at least undermine faith in the US electoral system.

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US intelligence has reportedly acquired documents from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies.

The first document, allegedly circulated among top government officials, reocmmended a propaganda campaign be waged on social media and Russian state news outlets to decry Barack Obama's attitude to Russia and encourage a softer approach.

The two RISS documents do not address the cyber hacking campaign aimed at Clinton and the Democratic party believed to have been carried out by Russian intelligence agents during the 2016 campaign. The sources who spoke to Reuters refused to confirm how usa intelligence came into possession of it.

The second document, drafted in October, warned that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win. It also noted that Russian Federation should end its pro-Trump stance and instead damage the Democratic candidate's reputation.

Trump recently said that U.S. -Russia relations "may be at an all-time low", and that "right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all".

A spokesman for the government-owned Sputnik news channel, which the anonymous officials accused of spreading pro-Trump propaganda, stated that the allegations were an "absolute pack of lies".

That campaign began after Putin asked the institute to draw up a plan for interfering with the US presidential race, said one of the sources, a former senior USA intelligence official.

In what may be a danger sign for Republicans in the 2018 midterm congressional elections, a new poll by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research which targeted "swing" voters in Republican-heavy districts found that more than 70 percent of those voters want to see an independent commission investigate the ties between Trump and Russian Federation.

"I think it's ridiculous".

"They have no idea if it's Russian Federation or China or somebody sitting in a bed some place", he added, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, a Russian official announced April 19 that Moscow was beginning an inquiry into whether United States media outlets influenced the 2016 Russian parliamentary elections. "They are using a variety of instruments in respect to both the Russian electoral process and on our country as a whole", said Leonid Levin, head of the legislative Committee on Information and Communication, according to the Moscow Times.

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