Kremlin’s ‘shadow power’ tarnishes its image

New York University Professor Mark Galeotti writes an op-ed in The Moscow Times arguing Russia is damaging its credibility and legitimacy by using “shadow power.” Rather than simply relying on hard and soft power, Russia often uses its intelligence agents to spread propaganda, create pro-Kremlin organizations and recruit and corrupt young rising politicians. Galeotti cites a recently released report by the Czech security service, which notes high levels of Russian activity throughout the country and states Russia is creating a new Soviet Comintern (Communist International) in Europe.


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