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Putin-controlled think tank planned pro-Trump election propaganda

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Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:28

Following the election, USA intelligence agencies obtained two documents from a think tank controlled by Russian president Vladimir Putin, according to Reuters.

Reuters news agency has come up with documents from a Kremlin think tank outlining efforts to sway last year's us presidential election through a propaganda campaign. They alleged that the papers were central to the Barack Obama administration's conclusion that Russian Federation had launched a "fake news" campaign and had been behind cyber attacks against the Democratic Party and its candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.

That's according to Reuters, which cites three current and four former United States officials.

Putin has repeatedly denied that his government had any hand in trying to determine the USA election.

"Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map", a former senior US intelligence said.

The FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated its efforts with the Russians.

The classified document called for state-backed news outlets to get the message out, the report said.

"The president's successor will be decided by the Russian people only during a democratic election and by nobody else", Mr Putin told a Kremlin meeting overnight.

US President Donald Trump's honeymoon with Russian Federation would appear to be over.

"Today, even as the worldwide agenda continues to be important, equally urgent are Russia's domestic problems ..."

The propaganda had the main objective to encourage Americans that a president who has a better opinion about Russian Federation is the best choice, in comparison to the Obama administration.

A spokesperson for Sputnik dismissed the claims of USA sources, calling them an "absolute pack of lies" in a statement to Reuters.

As Russian hopes of swift detente under President Donald Trump have fizzled, state media, which hailed his election win, have made a U-turn.

The institute was, until recently, run by Leonid Reshetnikov - seen here, left, with Iranian envoy Ali-Akbar Velayati in 2016.

Vladimir Putin who inherited a crisis situation from his predecessor managed to stabilize the country, preserve Russian statehood, start the process of exiting from the economic crisis and strengthen Russia's global positions, Gorbachev wrote. The docs don't, however, mention the release of hacked Democratic Party emails, an operation that officials told Reuters was coordinated by a separate part of the Kremlin.

It was not immediately clear how the documents were obtained by US officials from the RISS.

The institute's director when the documents were written, Leonid Reshetnikov, rose to the rank of lieutenant-general during a 33-year-career in Russia's foreign intelligence service, according to the institute's website.

Asmolov, from the Russian Far Eastern Institute, warned that in the event of full-scale war "hungry asylum seekers will flood into Russia".