Four years ago the issue of relations with Russia was just a marginal topic of the US presidential election debates: Mitt Romney trying to mobilize particular, relatively small segments of the Republican electorate called Russia a major American geopolitical rival, and this allowed Barack Obama to upbraid the Republican candidate for the ignorance of contemporary international relations and use of obsolete patterns. There were no much resonance of these polemics, there are no grounds to think that it influenced the outcome of the elections. And today discussing Russia is central to the electoral campaign. Moreover, the Democrats not only accuse Donald Trump of being eager to improve US-Russian relations but also straightly call the billionaire a “Putin’s puppet”. What is standing behind this sudden turn of the American political debates?