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Russia Spent $300 Million To Covertly Influence World Politics

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  •  Russia has covertly spent more than $300 million since 2014 to try to influence politicians and other officials in more than two dozen countries, the State Department alleges in a newly released cable.
  • The cable, signed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and released on Tuesday, cites a new intelligence assessment of Russia’s global covert efforts to support policies and parties sympathetic to Moscow.
  • The cable does not name specific Russian targets but says the US is providing classified information to select individual countries.

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