In a lengthy interview, Malkevich mocked U.S. press freedom guarantees and said U.S. authorities feared him even as U.S. government-financed media, like Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, broadcast what he contended were a torrent of negative news about Russia.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress Feb. 13 that Russia is conducting campaigns to create wedges in U.S. society and “exacerbate social and political fissures.” The remarks followed a joint intelligence assessment in early 2017 that Russia was using “state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or ‘trolls'” as part of an influence campaign in the United States. They concluded that these Russian-backed operations favored Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton…

A long-time national security official in the Reagan administration and both Bush administrations, Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr., said Russian information campaigns “are not at all innocuous” because they aim to sow discord among the U.S. citizenry.

“What the Russians have been trying to say, and the Soviets before them, is that the American model is sort of immoral and doesn’t work, dysfunctional and totally undesirable. They are trying to demonize us,” Bloomfield said.