This is a long, a very long, article in the New Yorker. It was written by Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa. David Remnick is the editor-in-chief of the New Yorker and a Russian specialist. The article is a history of the past twenty years of relations between the United States and Russia. It gives an in-depth explication of Vladimir Putin. It explains the origins of the new cold war. It explains the long history of cyberwarfare between our nations. You should set aside about 30-45 minutes to read it.

There is another article that is worth your while. It was written by Masha Geffen, and it is shorter that the New Yorker article.

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American writer who has been publishing articles in the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, among other outlets.

In this article that appeared in the New York Review of Books, Gessen describes the life of certain dissidents. Russia is not a normal country. Putin is not a normal leader. Dissidents are suddenly killed and/or poisoned.

Thus, when Trump talks about his admiration for Putin, you can be sure that he knows nothing about the events portrayed here. Or maybe doesn’t care.

Marsha Gessen wrote another article in the New York Review of Books, warning that our obsession with the Russian conspiracy will
Ultimately prove fruitless because there will never be a smoking gun. In the meanwhile, too little attention is paid to Trump’s determination to “deconstruct the administrative state,” as Steve Bannon put it. To destroy public education, reduce healthcare insurance, cut taxes for elites, impose religious discrimination, and harm the most vulnerable among us.

However, if a foreign power–any foreign power–interfered in our national elections, that is an unprecedented threat to our democracy. Many Americans, including me, find it hard to believe that this mendacious and hate-filled clown won the election.