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What we really need to understand is why

by Bill Hayes

In What we really need to understand is why for the Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria looks at why Russia hacked the DNC and tried to interfere with the American election.

It all started with the Arab Spring. The sudden mass demonstrations and demands for democracy took most of the world by surprise. In particular, they rattled Moscow at a precarious moment. The Kremlin was in the midst of managing the country’s political future and worried about opposition at home. Parliamentary elections were scheduled in less than a year, to be followed by a presidential election. Vladimir Putin was not then president, having stepped aside in keeping with the Russian constitution, allowing Dmitry Medvedev to ascend to the office. [more]