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The goal of Russian interference and misinformation in Western democracies is to decrease civic engagement, says a former cold warrior. Speaking at a talk on 'Russia's Challenge to North American and European Security' put on by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute on Sept. 27, Tom Nichols, a Sovietologist and professor at the U.S. Naval College, said Russian President Vladimir Putin's interference in the West is increasingly approaching an act of war. “The goal is not to promote a Russian line,”

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Putin in ‘most dangerous’ mid-life crisis in history, says Tom Nichols

By Neil Moss      

'This is the goal of the Russian effort, to completely annihilate the civic engagement of a coming generation of young people in democracies,' says U.S. Naval College professor Tom Nichols.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is nostalgic for the world as it was in 1975, when the U.S. was at its lowest point after Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon, a humiliating defeat in Vietnam, and economic recession, said U.S. professor Tom Nichols at a recent Macdonald-Laurier Institute talk. United Nations photograph by Mark Garten
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