Are Some Russian Elites Beginning to Give up on Trump?

Are Some Russian Elites Beginning to Give up on Trump?

There were famous religious dissidents in the former Soviet Union. New Christian opposition organizations have sprung up to continue their legacy.

By Kseniya Kirillova

This piece was originally published in The Integrity Initiative.

A new Russian “socio-political club” called The New Orthodoxy was announced in Moscow in October. Its founders assert that the name originates not in religion, but in the eponymous innovative model of economic development created in the 1930s in the USA which contributed to the country’s recovery from the Great Depression. However, the movement’s religious roots are still evident. According to the list of founders, it includes Lutherans, Old Catholics, the Party of the 10 Commandments, created by evangelical Christians, and other organizations associated with religion – along with the Russian Movement for Democratic Reforms. In its opening declaration, the founders say that the current world crisis is of a “spiritual and moral nature” and they want to work to support peacemaking and disarmament.
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Russia’s Media Continues to Support Trump: Where we are with Russia 2 Years In

By Kseniya Kirillova

This piece was originally published in The Integrity Initiative and subsequently in DemWritePress.

Russia’s interference in the internal affairs of the United States has long ceased to be a “political card,” as it’s usually described in Kremlin discourse. The indictments that are being handed down one after another by both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice show in detail the mechanisms of Russian operations for organizing and financing influence campaigns to manipulate American society. Since tracking hacker attacks and other operations is law-enforcement work, I try here to give a brief overview of the themes in Kremlin attitudes towards the United States as observed in the Russian media and how these themes have evolved over the past two years.
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Acting AG Matt Whitaker Can’t Run The Mueller Investigation

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Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to demand that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
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The Fight for the Supreme Court Post-Kavanaugh

By Reginald Oh

Brett Kavanaugh is a U.S. Supreme Court justice. That means now there is a clear five conservative justice majority which could work to systematically gut constitutional rights. But, all is not lost. There are two possible solutions to the Kavanaugh appointment: 1) impeachment; and 2) increasing the number of SCOTUS seats. Impeachment, though, presents serious difficulties. The better solution is the second option: Democrats should seek to increase the number of seats on the Court.

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The Putin Regime Uses Blackmail Against its People and the West

By Kseniya Kirillova

This piece was originally published in The Integrity Initiative and subsequently in DemWritePress.

As its confrontation with the West grows, Russia’s use of the elements of blackmail, both veiled and direct, in its diplomacy is increasing. In general, threats and fear-mongering are some of the main tools of the Putin’s regime, primarily in domestic policy, where they serve as essential means of ensuring the loyalty of the population. However, the Kremlin is not averse to using the same tactics beyond its borders as well, trying to win concessions from Western leaders. Let’s look at the main types of Putin’s blackmail inside and outside Russia.

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