Russian involvement corrupting on the world stage

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From the 2014 Ukrainian crisis to the 2018 midterms and the Russian investigation

By Alexis Tucker, Managing Editor

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Ukraine was ripped apart by corruption, and Russia fanned the flames and watched as the Ukrainian government crumbled. (Image from Russia News Today)

The Ukraine riots were devastating and serve as a reminder of what Russia can do to a country. At the time they were called riots, but now, the events that occurred are considered a revolution. Kiev was rocked to its core; the people were calling for reform. Ukraine endured many years of suffering with government corruption and all that entails in the years before these events, and the people wanted to be close to the European Union (EU).

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych did not sign an agreement for close ties with the EU, and tensions rose to the breaking point: the beginning of the revolution. In the middle of the uprising, Yanukovych was signing a treaty with Russia and also obtained billions in return. Later, Yanukovych fled to Russia. Russia deployed troops against Ukraine and annexed Ukraine’s peninsula Crimea, and the whole mess ended up with  several factions all fighting each other, which continues today.

Sometime after the uprising, Ukrainian investigations began with the goal to rip out Russian money in their government, and amid all of that, they discovered signs of Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia.

Sometime after the uprising, Ukrainian investigations began with the goal to rip out Russian money in their government, and amid all of that, they discovered signs of Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia.

Whether or not the investigation into the entire Trump administration about Russian ties comes to anything directly with the president, Americans need to be aware of what Russia’s meddling can do, and it appears Americans have already gotten a taste with the 2016 election.

As more and more information is uncovered about Russia, Americans are seeing the damage that can be done without us realizing it. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter were used against the American public to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. Russia did not intend to sway any particular side in the 2016 election; they just wanted to destabilize and poison the trust in American democracy.

Think about the distrust in the media and how that affects America. Where do people get their facts without at least a shred of legitimacy from the press? Without that assurance of fact, people cannot effectively be informed to be of good use to the democracy.

An uninformed majority is a danger to democracy because a tyrant can’t be distinguished from a saint. Without any of that, Americans vote in people that aren’t in their best interests. Ukraine was ripped apart by corruption, and Russia fanned the flames and watched as the Ukrainian government crumbled.

These are emotional times, and the stakes are high, especially as midterms draw near. CIA director Mike Pompeo is concerned about Russian involvement in the 2018 midterms.

“I have every expectation that they will continue to try to do that, but I’m confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election,” said Pompeo to the BBC.

America needs to pull together and reject foreign involvement as one united country. America is only as good as its people. United we stand, divided we fall.