Putin’s next act
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We could give [gun-loving Russians] the benefit of the doubt and say this is just a natural interest and affinity; this guy Torshin and this woman Butina are just gun aficionados...[But given Torshin's stature] this seems like part and parcel of an influence operation.
I think it’s about time that congressional members started to turn up the heat on our financial institutions to do more to address the bigger problem of Russia’s export of kleptocracy...There’s some usefulness in having very broad [Oligarchs' List]...It gives congressional members more maneuvering.
[New U.S. sanctions on 38 Russian oligarchs are] the most significant we have seen yet [under the Trump administration, targeting] the elites that surround Putin... If we are looking for sanctions that will have the ability to affect Putin's calculus, it's these type of actions we would want to see.
[A potential meeting between Trump and Putin at the White House] would confer a certain normalization of relations and we’re certainly not in a normal space...Nothing about this is normal.