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These documents were acquired by US intelligence officials and were the basis of what led USA officials to blame Russian Federation for meddling.

That's according to Reuters, which cites three current and four former usa officials.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the US election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was included in the new annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World released by the Time magazine on Thursday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the report out of hand saying it was based on anonymous sources. "So I really hope that the same unilateral actions we saw in Syria won't happen".

The successor to the Russian president can only be determined by the Russian people through a free, democratic election, Vladimir Putin said.

Russian state television has claimed US President Donald Trump is more unsafe than North Korea's supreme commander, Kim Jong-Un, in an apparent indication that Moscow's opinion of the Republican has shifted.

After Trump's surprise win in November, the Russian TV anchor had heaped praise on him, triumphantly declaring that Russia was "congratulating themselves with Trump's election". One online propaganda video produced by RT, which claimed that "100 percent of the Clintons" 2015 "charity' went to themselves" was viewed more than nine million times.

The report said Russia Today and Sputnik "consistently cast president elect-Trump as the target of unfair coverage from traditional media outlets".

The institute was, until recently, run by Leonid Reshetnikov - seen here, left, with Iranian envoy Ali-Akbar Velayati in 2016.

The Kremlin realises however, those same officials say, that the process will be harder and take longer than originally thought and the result is likely to be more limited in scope.

The overt propaganda and covert hacking efforts reinforced each other, according to the officials. Five officials told Reuters the institute is the Kremlin's in-house foreign policy think tank. During his speech at the New Economic School in Moscow, Page harshly criticized US policy toward Russian Federation.

When the documents were written, the report said, Leonid Reshetnikov served as the think tank's director and previously spent 33 years in Russia's foreign intelligence service.

"We did our best for almost eight years to implement your foreign policy concept", Reshetnikov told Putin.

Russian Federation and the US clashed over President Donald Trump's decision to order missile strikes on Syria on April 7 in response to a chemical weapons attack blamed on the Syrian regime.

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