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The successful phishing attack against John Podesta that caused the release of 44,053 DNC internal emails and 17,761 attachments likely had some effect on the outcome of the election. It led to some embarrassing revelations that were detrimental to the Clinton campaign. While one can't say how big effect the email release had, I think it's safe to say that ...


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Search as I might, I could not find a 'non partisan' study of any credibility on the subject. 'Russian interference' was most seen in a series of FB ads, financed to the tune of around $200k, that were pretty much the standard fringe politics fare... unlikely to have any measurable effect on voting. They also supported Bernie Sanders with FB ads, too. ...


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The answer to your question is that nobody knows for sure. There were a number of factors that lead to Trump’s EC win. The Comey letter in late October probably played a role [1]. But the effect of the Russian disinformation campaign on the net could have played a role as well [2]. And plain misogyny also likely had an impact [3]. The results were close ...


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To kill off American competition. US shale-oil fields are very costly to run. So if the oil price falls below certain level, US oil producers are making a loss. If the low prices persist for long enough, some of them might be incited to call it quits and shut the whole thing down. OPEC was trying to keep prices reasonably high, making profit for everyone -...


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My answer challenges the status quo mindset in the West (Russia bad, US & West Europe good), so it might be a bit difficult to wrap your mind around it... Putin made his thesis on energy - he knows what role energy plays in both geopolitics and overall economically both internally (for Russia) and globally. While the neocons have surrounded Russia ...


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There is a deal (still active till the end of March 2020) between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia. The deal assumes mutual cut of oil production in order to artificially lower the overall supply and keep the price high. The original deal has been initiated by Russia (despite it is not a member of OPEC) and signed back ...


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