Russian Putin-linked think tank developed ‘road map’ for tipping U.S. vote

A Russian government think tank controlled by President Vladimir Putin drew up what a former U.S. intelligence official described as a “road map” for tipping the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump, Reuters reported Thursday, citing three current and four former American officials. The plan, described in two confidential strategy documents, also reportedly aimed to undermine voter confidence in the electoral system. The Moscow-based think tank, the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, is run by retired Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office. It circulated the strategy papers in June and October, recommending that the Kremlin start a propaganda campaign to get U.S. voters to elect a president who would be softer on Russia than the Obama administration had been, and pushing voter fraud claims if Hillary Clinton beat Trump to undermine her power.

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