The US Elections and the Russian Factor

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The current American election campaign is the strangest – and also the most virulent – in recent memory. To begin with, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are unpopular with a wide segment of the American population. Trump, moreover, has the distinction of being widely disliked by a large segment of the Republican Party leadership and associated political elites. Hillary Clinton managed to prevail as the Democratic Party candidate against a strong challenge by Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, who has most often identified as an independent rather than a Democrat.