Putin’s adviser Surkov to those “who cry about Russian meddling in elections”: “Things are much more serious: we meddle with your brains, we change your conscience – and you have no clue what to do about it”.https://t.co/AuG9sLmNCX pic.twitter.com/qywd3efqra
— olexander scherba (@olex_scherba) February 11, 2019
Here is a more fleshed out version of that quote from the source:
Foreign politicians ascribe to Russia interference in elections and referendums across the globe. In fact, the matter is even more serious – Russia interferes in their brains, and they do not know what to do with their own altered consciousness. Since, after the failed 90s, our country abandoned ideological loans, began to produce meanings and switched to the information counteroffensive to the West, European and American experts began to err in their forecasts more and more often. They are surprised and enraged by the paranormal preferences of the electorate. Confused, they announced the invasion of populism. You can say so, if there are no words.
Meanwhile, the interest of foreigners in the Russian political algorithm is understandable – there is no prophet in their homelands, and today everything that is happening to them has long been predicted by Russia.
The article also suggests that Russia’s style of governance is spreading throughout the world.
And while our gut reaction might be to bitterly refute that suggestion, there is ample evidence of new oligarchs and dictators taking power around the world to make such a dismissal impossible.
In fact, we only need to look to our own White House to see the reality of that claim.
If this Surkov fellow is right and all of this is the culmination of decades of planning and positioning by the Kremlin, then our next leaders need to be well prepared for a cyber conflict that we are already sorely incapable of defending ourselves against.
All of this makes me even sadder that so many Americans did not recognize that the one leader uniquely qualified to stand up to Russia in this area was the one candidate that Putin aggressively targeted in 2016.
The very fact that he feared her so completely should have been all she needed to win that election in a walk.