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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony in the Kremlin Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 5, 2020 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).

The End of Trump’s Presidency Looks Like a Victory Lap for Putin

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

The waning weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency must feel like victory laps in the Kremlin. As Trump keeps trying to subvert the results of November’s election, with wild calls to impose martial law now coming up in paranoid White House meetings, he is also downplaying a huge cyberattack on America’s most critical computer networks, widely attributed to Russia. Moscow’s greatest nemesis and former arch-rival is laying coat after coat of fresh muck on the once-shiny patina of its international reputation and prestige.

They were built on notions that once seemed almost unshakable: universal-seeming values of democracy and the rule of law. Beyond such things, there was also an American example that other countries were urged to aspire to but few could quite match—of solid institutions, unswayed by the political winds of each season. ...

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