Anders åslund, “Now it will be very difficult to argue that Russia...

Anders åslund, “Now it will be very difficult to argue that Russia did not affect the elections in the U.S.”

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Андерс Ослунд: «Теперь будет очень сложно утверждать, что Россия не повлияла на ход выборов в США»

How can develop further investigation about the Russian intervention in the American elections

President Donald trump commented on the first charges brought by a team of spectacular Robert Mueller on the case of Russian intervention in the election campaign of 2016.

“Campaign headquarters trump has not violated any law of conspiracy was not!”, – wrote in his Twitter head of the White house.

Expert Washington “Atlantic Council”, a former Advisor to the governments of Russia and Ukraine Anders ASLUND (Anders Åslund), in turn, believes that Friday’s documents show that a team of spectacular reached a “very noticeable” progress in the investigation.

“This is a very serious indictment, allowing to understand, how large was the Russian penetration (in the political system of the United States), and how much evidence was able to collect the special Prosecutor,” – said Aslund of the Russian service “Voice of America”.

Question: In Russia this indictment has called “symbolic”. And indeed, all of the defendants are in the Russian Federation and arresting them is not threatened.

Anders Aslund: what is said about it in Russia is not very important. Much more serious matter, this indictment mean for the U.S. (domestic) policies. Now no serious politician will not be able to give the inquiry about the Russian intervention “nonsense” that has become the standard answer of the President of the trump. Now it will be very difficult to argue that Russia did not affect the elections in the United States: the indictment States that (in the “online studies”) 80 people worked a full day in order to affect the course of the campaign using the social network.

Question: the Indictment was the first legal document testifying to the Russian intervention. Other defendants in the case – former head of the election headquarters of Manufactu the Floor, for example, was charged not in collusion with the Kremlin, and financial fraud.

A. O.: I think that this clearly indicates that (spectacular) Mueller intends to lay down the General “picture” of the individual fragments, and today he showed that and how did the Russian.

But within this General picture there is a place for illegal financial operations Manafort, for all parts of the collusion with Russia. I can only assume that the next step will be the demonstration of details of this conspiracy – as the Russian and the members of the electoral headquarters of the trump worked together.

Presented in the indictment, the election campaign staff called “unsuspecting” because they did not know about the true intentions of (Russian side). I think that following the indictment we learn that they were fully aware of their actions. So we are getting closer and closer to the truth.

Question: What, in your opinion, will Moscow’s reaction to the publication of the charges?

A. O.: There is nothing to assume. There is a saying: “do not believe Anything as long as Moscow is not going to refute”.

Question: the White house commented on this document in less than an hour after its publication. Do you think that the administration will stop at the statement that “no conspiracy was not”?

A. O.: I Think that they will try to speak loudly about other problems. About how the FBI is not doing its job in regard to the school shooting in Florida. The Governor (of Florida) Scott has demanded the resignation of the Director of the FBI. So from the administration we are likely to see only the usual attempts to change the subject.

  • Андерс Ослунд: «Теперь будет очень сложно утверждать, что Россия не повлияла на ход выборов в США»

    Kirill Belianinov

    International journalist. Worked in “hot spots” in Karabakh, Tajikistan, Georgia, Bosnia, Chechnya. Was an investigative journalist.

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