Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Putin-controlled think tank developed plan to sway USA election

Putin-controlled think tank developed plan to sway USA 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.

The movement comes only a day after Russian Federation and the United States clashed at the UN over a UN security council statement, drafted by the USA, which condemned North Korea's latest failed test.

He promised to look into the situation, saying that the deputy head of Russia's Presidential Administration, Sergey Kirienko, will be tasked with resolving the dispute.

The Reuters report cited three current and four former usa officials who had acquired two documents prepared by the institute.

One document was circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government after it was written last June, the report said, which recommended that the Kremlin and Russian-backed news outlets launch a propaganda campaign focused on convincing American voters to favor the candidate that was friendlier to Russia, the report said.

"This prompts the president's special role and responsibility at the current stage of Russia's history", Gorbachev said.

The Russian institute's website says it provides "analytical materials" to the Russian government, and Reuters reports that it's staffed by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin's office.

The documents say nothing about potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, but on Wednesday the New York Times revealed the "catalyst" for the FBI's investigation of the issue: former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page's trip to Moscow last July.

Last Sunday, North Korea celebrated the birthday of its founding communist dictator and "eternal leader" Kim Il-sung with a large military parade, and this week threatened "all-out war" if the US interferes with its nuclear program. The unverified dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent alleges that Page met with Igor Sechin, Putin confidant and CEO of the Russian state oil company Rosneft, during the Moscow trip.

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