What Americans and Russians Did and Didn’t In Course of Each Others’ Electoral Campaigns

So, if we were to, indeed, assume that Russia had committed during the 2016 presidential elections campaign in U.S all that critics of Russia had accused it of, then here’s how comparison of alleged Russian and U.S. actions would look like to me: Anything I got wrong?

 

  1. Russians ‘did’ it, but Americans ‘didn’t’: What Americans were not accused of having done in the course of elections in Russia and other post-Soviet republics as well as revolutions in Ukraine, but what Russians were accused of having done during the 2016 presidential elections campaign in U.S.:
  • S. hackers have not been reported to try to hack Russian voter databases, while Russian hackers supposedly allegedly did. (There have been also allegations that Russian hackers may have manipulated voting machines, but those have been disproved with no plausible evidence presented.)

 

  1. Americans ‘did’ it, but Russians ‘didn’t’: What Americans were accused of having done in the course of elections in Russia and other post-Soviet republics as well as revolutions in Ukraine, but what Russians were not accused of having done during the 2016 presidential elections campaign in U.S.:
  • US/Western mainstream media called for regime change in Russia (editorial writers of WP, FT, Economist, Newsweek’s op-ed contributor – recall how Kissinger cautioned that “breaking Russia” has become America’s objective. Radical Russian media may have issued such calls, but I cannot recall Russian mainstream media doing so).
  • Have senior diplomats try to decide who should be in the new government and who should not be.
  • Have senior diplomats distribute food to anti-government protesters in allied/friendly neighboring countries, vowing to support them.

 

  1. Both Russians and Americans ‘did’ it: What both Americans were accused of having done in the course of elections in Russia and other post-Soviet republics as well as revolutions in Ukraine and what Russians allegedly did during the 2016 presidential elections campaign in U.S.:
  • Top officials publicly implied/signaled they favored one candidate over another without explicitly backing him (Medvedev over Putin, Trump over Clinton).
  • Leaked compromising materials on unfavorable candidates (WikiLeaks accused U.S. of leaking Panama Papers, which expose corruption in Putin’s retinue – I don’t find these accusations plausible, but since we are discussing allegations here, I have included).
  • Mainstream media openly favored one candidate over another without explicitly backing him (Medvedev over Putin, Trump over Clinton).
  • Hacked/eavesdropped on communications of officials and politicians.
  • Criticized each other for falling short of democratic standards in elections.
  • Had diplomats and experts communicate with representatives of candidates’ campaign staff.
  • Financed and otherwise assisted friendly NGOs and activists covertly and overtly.

 

 

 

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