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Election meddling? Who, us?

Rev. John Unger of Harper's Ferry, W.V., stands in front of a Russian Orthodox church built in the 14th century, above the Volga River. Source: Linda Feldmann/The Christian Science Monitor

It was the proverbial elephant in the room.

We had spent the morning around a big table in quiet, careful conversation, American and Russian “citizen diplomats” bemoaning the sorry state of our countries’ relations. But the M-word – meddling – hadn’t come up.

Meddling, that is, by the Russian government in last year’s US presidential election, according to an explosive report issued in January by the US intelligence community. And meddling that, it now appears, was more widespread than previously imagined, amid growing evidence that Russian trolls and automated bots used social media to promote Donald Trump and exploit divisions within American society.

Such meddling continues to

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