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Putin's One Weapon: The 'Intelligence State'

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According to this year’s National Intelligence Worldwide Threat Assessment and Senate testimony by top-ranked intelligence officials, Americans can expect Vladimir Putin’s Russia to continue its efforts to aggravate social, political and racial tensions in the United States and among its allies.

So, to best prepare for future Russian assaults, we should look to the past and study the mindset of the Cold War KGB — the intelligence service in which President Putin spent his formative years. The history of the brutal Soviet security services lays bare the roots of Russia’s current use of political arrests, subversion, assassination, fake news, espionage and the weaponization of lies. None of those tactics is new to the Kremlin.

In fact, those

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