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One of Putin’s fiercest critics explains how Russia propaganda has changed to accommodate Trump

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Renowned chess grandmaster and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation Garry Kasparov noted a peculiar change in Russia since the election of President Donald Trump, during a Monday interview with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt.

“President Trump’s official demand of the Justice Department has reignited the debate on that department’s independence,” Hunt introduced, while reading a tweet from Kasparov.

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“What I see is Donald Trump keeps trying to divert an investigation into the minor details, because at the end of the day we have to find out more about contact between his campaign and Russians,” the former world champion observed. “We know these meetings took place, we know that many of Trump’s associates lied about them and if you have a bunch of people working for Trump who first denied the meeting took place and then lied about them…it’s very suspicious.”

“There is something quite unusual that has been happening in Russia over the last eight months,” Kasparov noted. “For many years, America bashing was a core of Putin domestic propaganda — 24/7 bashing America, criticizing America, calling America all the names and trying to defy America and America’s interests worldwide.”

“But today we could see the same pattern with one notable exception, the President of the United States is not mentioned,” he explained. “Any Trump name appears on Russian state news, it’s more like being sympathetic with his inability to confront the deep state.”

“So, I guess it is quite an unusual pattern,” Kasparov continued. “On the other side, we could see Donald Trump, who not shy from criticizing anything, not saying one negative word about Vladimir Putin.”

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Kasparov, who was the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion, explained why Trump was an inviting target for Russian intelligence operatives looking for kompromat, the Russian term for compromising material that could be used for blackmail.

“I guess that factors like money, women, gambling — they were definitely the top priorities, and it sounds quite familiar,” Kasparov noted. “So we can definitely point out one person who could be connected to all three of them.”

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