Whether or not Moscow has the missing State Department emails and will use them to make good friends with President Clinton, I am starting to suspect that Trump is simply too revolutionary for the Kremlin. The notion that the ruling elites are rotten and the media are the regime’s attack puppets is a little too close to home for comfort.
For people on the outskirts, there’s also no escape from the insidious feeling that America remains the center of the world, no matter what. Its wild presidential race only reinforces the above-average Muscovite’s impression that life is happening elsewhere while Russia is no longer a seething periphery but merely a dammed-off backwater. Its resident frogs are cherishing every chance to go public with their names – but end up with mostly bogus admirers.