How Russia Views Its 'Compatriots' in the Near Abroad

The Kremlin sees ethnic Russians as a powerful ally in the region.

Vera Zakem leads Russian influence and information operations initiatives at CNA Corporation. She has served as an adjunct lecturer on adversary analytics and red teaming at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

Paul J. Saunders is Executive Director at the Center for the National Interest and a Research Scientist at CNA Corporation.

Image: Kremlin.ru

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