Hi, Elena. I commend you for following the hyperlinks, though I stand by the soundness of my sources, and urge you to reconsider your apparent decision to trust Putin’s propagandists over professional journalists and scholars at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Your juvenile, homophobic abuse probably violate’s Medium’s norms.

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