There is no doubt that the Russian democracy is just a sham. Russia is ruled by a strongman (a nice term for a tyrant), who controlled that government even for the short period when he was no longer the country's president.
And it is a fact that Donald Trump was aided in winning the American presidency by the government of that Russian strongman (Vladimir Putin). The Russians not only hacked the e-mails of prominent Democrats and fed that information to Trump, but also used social media platforms to post numerous fake news stories -- stories that Trump and the right-wing eagerly spread as fact.
This brings up some troubling questions for those of us that don't want a Russian-style strongman in this country -- an orange-tinted Putin. What does the Russian government expect in return for helping Trump win the election? Does Trump think he owes that Russian government a debt, and is that going to result in this country kowtowing to Russian interests? Is Trump, ignorant to the ways of government, going to be played for a fool by his new best-buddy, Vladimir Putin?
Some of you may think I'm going off the deep-end, but I don't think so. Consider the following.
From The Washington Post:
And from The Miami Herald: