By Alina PolyakovaDear Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Rogers, Distinguished Members of the Subcommittee:
It is an honor and privilege to address you today on this important issue. Thank you for inviting me to testify.
President Vladimir Putin’s Russia seeks to weaken Western governments and transatlantic institutions, discredit democratic and liberal values, and create a post-truth world, with the aim of shielding Moscow’s autocracy from liberal influence and easing Russia’s domination of its neighbors.1 Russian disinformation campaigns aim to amplify existing social divisions and further polarize democratic societies. As such, they don’t stop when the ballot box closes. Elections may provide an ideal …read more