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00:02  09 august  2018
00:02  09 august  2018 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The most important question the Trump administration and Congress should be asking is: How can we make Putin stop? He is afraid that one day the Russian middle class will finally rebel against his regime and rush into the streets demanding change.

The most important question the Trump administration and Congress should be asking is: How can we make Putin stop? He is afraid that one day the Russian middle class will finally rebel against his regime and rush into the streets demanding change.

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. © Pavel Golovkin/AP Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

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Facebook revealed on July 31 that it had discovered a 17-month-long influence campaign to sow political divisiveness on its network, an effort that bore the hallmarks of the Kremlin-connected Internet Research Agency.

Two days later at the White House, the nation’s top national security officials said Russia is conducting a pervasive campaign to weaken our democracy and influence this year’s midterm elections.

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The most important question the Trump administration and Congress should be asking is: How can we make Putin stop? He is afraid that one day the Russian middle class will finally rebel against his regime and rush into the streets demanding change.

Share on Reddit reddit. The most important question the Trump administration and Congress should be asking is: How can we make Putin stop? Washington should encourage its allies to join in these efforts. Putin is afraid of one thing .

Taken together, these announcements leave no doubt that Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s political assault on the United States continues unabated.

The most important question the Trump administration and Congress should be asking is: How can we make Putin stop? Finding the answer is essential because what Washington has done so far — some improvements in defending against these attacks, along with a mixture of targeted sanctions against Russia, the indictment of Russian officials and organisations, as well as the expulsion of Russian intelligence officers from the United States — has not worked.

Stopping Putin is vital, not just as a matter of protecting American democracy from Russian interference but also because we must signal a stronger deterrence to other adversaries, such as China, Iran and North Korea. Potential aggressors must be shown they will pay a price if they attack.

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Nor is Putin himself immune. Nevertheless, efforts will continue to be made , publicly and in the shadows, to prevent it from happening . This article was originally published by The Nation. Think your friends would be interested?

"Why won't the president read the cards and say the things that you say need to be said to Vladimir Putin ? "I think he's afraid of the president of Russia," Brennan said. "Well, one can speculate as to why -- that the Russians may have something on him personally that they could always roll out and

With better resources than Russia for trying to undermine our democracy, China, in particular, needs to know that the United States would respond by imposing a heavy cost.

The U.S. answer to Russia, so far, has been ineffective because Washington has targeted only the entities and individuals actually involved in the Russian information operations.

Since the 2016 election, the United States, at various times, has imposed sanctions on at least 10 Russian organisations, some more than once, and at least 23 specific individuals.

Because the sanctions’ targeting has had little impact on the Russian economy overall, the political effect on Putin has been minor.

Here is what the United States needs to do. In terms of self-defence, it must secure the nation’s elections system, especially the software that holds data on registered voters.

Every vote should be tallied on a backup paper ballot that could be used to verify election results, if necessary. New rules and better enforcement are needed to keep foreign money out of U.S. elections.

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Comments & replies. “We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia and for the United States and for everybody concerned,” Trump offered. It ’s tempting to think that Trump and Putin are cut from the same cloth.

He added, “I think he’s afraid of the president of Russia. … I think one can speculate as to why, that the Russians may have something on him personally, that they could always roll out and make his life more Brennan further stated the Russians “may have things that they could expose and reveal.”

The federal government should work with individual campaigns to fortify the security of the technology and networks they use.

Finally, better coordination across the government is needed to protect U.S. elections, which would probably best be achieved by creating a Hybrid Threats Center similar to the National Counterterrorism Center.

There are several bills in Congress, all with support on both sides of the aisle, that would institute most of these changes and pay for them, but the legislation is frozen by the partisanship this issue stirs.

As for imposing costs on those who attack the United States: Fully implement sanctions already on the books.

That is still not happening. But then move beyond targeted sanctions to broad-based sanctions that are designed to hurt the Russian economy — just as the Obama administration’s sanctions against Iran were designed to do, as are the Trump administration’s.

Make it clear to Putin that we would drop the sanctions when he stopped interfering in the democratic institutions of the United States and its allies, some of which are also under siege.

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You can read our Privacy Policy here. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. § Nor is Putin himself immune. Nevertheless, efforts will continue to be made , publicly and in the shadows, to prevent it from happening .

In Putin ’s Russia? It turns out they can still happen on the local level, largely because If opposition leaders do start to look dangerous, of course, bad things happen to them. That’s especially true among younger people, who make up a large share of the opposition candidates in local elections.

What would such sanctions look like? A Senate bill introduced on Aug. 2, again with sponsors from both parties, is a good start: Prohibit any transaction related to Russian energy projects and bar the purchase of new Russian sovereign debt. Washington should encourage its allies to join in these efforts.

Putin is afraid of one thing. He is afraid that one day the Russian middle class will finally rebel against his regime and rush into the streets demanding change.

It happened in Tunis, Cairo and other Middle Eastern and North African cities between 2010 and 2012, and it happened most alarmingly, from Putin’s perspective, four years ago in Kiev when Ukrainians threw out a government beholden to Moscow.

Sanctions that bite at the heart of the Russian economy — sanctions that increase the risk that Russia’s middle class will become restive — will get Putin’s attention.

The leaders that the United States has chosen, and the security experts they have appointed and confirmed, are aware of the threat.

A failure to defend the nation as well as possible, and failure to impose severe costs on those attacking our democracy, would be seen by history as a major abdication of responsibility.

The statements from intelligence officials at the White House last week were an excellent first step. More steps, and stronger ones are urgently needed.

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My experience has shown me that this isn't an uncommon request of employees, to not be afraid to speak up (although Musk's twist to be afraid of what could happen if You can foster a culture where people really do speak their minds but it takes adherence to the principles that follow to make it stick.

There are many things to be fixed. But term-length loopholes arent priority # 1 . Now, if putin somehow holds onto power After death, I think we can all agree there’s But right now, most of Russians are not interested in speculating of what might happen in 2024 and beyond, let alone being afraid of it .

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