Trump/Russia: Moscow Rules

2018, Politics  -   9 Comments

A production of ABC News Australia, Trump/Russia: Moscow Rules examines the allegations of collusion in the 2016 United States presidential election, the threats they pose for the future of western democracy, and the ultimate motivations of its central perpetrator - Russian President Vladmir Putin.

Putin, having always regarded the United States with suspicion, was finally propelled into action following the United States-led sanctions against his diplomats in retaliation for Russia's annexation of Crimea. His mode of attack? A meticulous manipulation of America's democratic election process.

So say figures from both British and United States intelligence forces, including former Director of Central Intelligence James Clapper. During the course of the film, they testify to Putin's keen interest in America's affairs and his views of then candidate Donald Trump as a much more desirable foe than he had faced in previous U.S. administrations.

Intelligence agencies are iron clad in their belief that Russia toyed with social media outreach, and engaged in cyber-espionage during the election. By hacking into the Democratic National Committee, he set out to tilt enthusiasm from Hilary Clinton in favor of Donald Trump. But the question remains: to what extent - if any - was Trump and his campaign aware of or abetting Russia's efforts?

From Donald Trump, Jr.'s clandestine meeting with Russian interests to the bragging of political operative Roger Stone regarding his contacts with Wikileaks, the film provides a fast-paced recap of the suspicions and controversies that have marred the climate of presidential politics in recent times. Trump's long-running financial dealings with Russia are also placed under a microscope, as is the relevance of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, disgraced political consultant Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in the ongoing investigation.

The story, of course, is still evolving, as new revelations continue to emerge in the swelter of 24-hours news coverage and as the Robert Mueller investigation nears its conclusion. Given the curious and often sensational revelations that have already leaked, one can only imagine what the public has not yet been told.

The stakes couldn't be higher, and Trump/Russia: Moscow Rules recognizes the tensions and divisiveness this political scandal has inspired in the United States, Russia and beyond.

Ratings: 4.81/10from 48 users.

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. XonEarth

    Russia-gate is nothing but CIA war-mongering lies. U.S. oligarchs such as the Koch Brothers own Trump, not Russian. Putin is a saint compared to our U.S. genocidal maniacs invading and terrorizing nations all over the world.

  2. GunnarInLA

    ...I have a more tendentious and laughably false "storyline" here, ever...and this comes from Australia..? – ...perhaps the world's most pathetically obsequious and subservient "country" there ever was...I hear that Australians in general are not that crazy about the US, but the government...? – what does that say about "Australian democracy"...? ( false as anywhere else)
    But viewers have given this hit job the lowest score I think I have ever seen, soo...I think I have to watch it! – more thing...the storyline accuses and convicts Putin of "crimes" without a shred of evidence, just cheap assertions...and Putin has "always" been "suspicious" of the US...? Says who...? – After what Americans did to Russia during the 90's, did he have a reason..? – But even so he was consistently willing to give the US the benefit of the doubt long after most people would have given up...
    How depraved are we "westerners" able to get before we choke on our own hypocrisies...disgusting...

  3. J Miller

    Let's do a trade. Half a year we get Putin and they get Trump and the other half we get Trump and they get Putin. Then let's see what the comment section looks like. As a gun bearing white conservative male I salute them both as strong male world leaders. Just no liberals , Democrats or women that's all I ask. Then together we can rule the world as our Lord Jesus commands.

  4. Elisabeth

    Perpetuating uneducated opinions devoid of researched information ... look at the map to get an idea of Russia , get an education of its history and culture, and most of learn what Putin has done for his country and its people ... it’s puts the US to shame... it is ignorance that is the root of all evil and arrogance is it’s sister ... we are arrogant ignorant uncouth and Illmannered bullies without any culture to speak of driven by Greed... Every nation has the leader it deserves... the US Leadership is pretty telling if it’s values

  5. Lasse N. E.

    Funny thing is, Putin came to power fighting and disempower the largest oligarchs and resurrect a rudimentary state, law and order. Read up, please?

    1. Elisabeth

      So true !!!

  6. Gary

    The only fake thing here is the Don.

    1. Elisabeth


  7. Adam

    more fake news from the left because they can't accept they lost!