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It depends on whether the Russians think they can use it to do really good psychological profiles on the decision-making styles of commanders in order to be able manipulate and exploit that knowledge in battle.
Found on CNN 1 month ago
( But) generally the idea is just to break the rules of the game, which normally say rival intel services dont cause physical harm, this kind of thing meets the letter of that, it doesnt technically get physical, but it breaks the norm of behavior because it seems to cause pretty severe harm. That destabilizes the game. People are worried, people dont perform as well because theyre sick, or theyre worried about being hurt and taking precautions against it, which may make them less effective.
Theres no real U.S. analog. Its like a mix of CIA and special forces, its trained to make mayhem. The overall goal is to destabilize targeted political systems, including in Europe, to attack the political will to maintain NATO, with other missions as opportunity allows, including the killing of traitors.
Putin would like to add the country to his fiefdom, its strategically located, and culturally and linguistically theres little standing in the way. Lukashenko is aging, and I could see him transfer power to Moscow as his own ebbs. It would be a big coup for Putin.
He is called the last dictator in Europe because Belarus has basically continued to be a Soviet-style state. He is the leader of a one-party state, just like the Soviet Union was ruled, if you want to see what the USSR was like, go to [its capital]Minsk.
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