Russia takes center stage

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People lay flowers at the place where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, next to the Kremlin Wall, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Thousands of Russians took to the streets of downtown Moscow to mark three years since Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

People lay flowers at the place where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, next to the Kremlin Wall, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Thousands of Russians took to the streets of downtown Moscow to mark three years since Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Guest: Sergio Caltagirone, Luke Harding

 Over the past couple of years, the Kremlin has surprised the international community with its ability to disrupt the machinations of other countries. The Russian government is being blamed for intentionally interfering in elections of foreign countries, including the U.S. They recently ratcheted up tensions with NATO states by allegedly poisoning a spy in the U.K., and most recently, the U.S. has pinned a hack of an electoral grid on Russians, resulting in sanctions. We’ll begin by talking with SERGIO CALTAGIRONE, a cybersecutiry and threat intelligence expert at Dragos Inc., about the Russian electoral grid hack, what its implications are for American’s infrastructure, and how the U.S. is prepared for these types of attacks. Then, we’ll talk with The Guardian’s LUKE HARDING, who was their Moscow bureau chief before being expelled. He has been covering the inner-workings of the Russian government and oligarchs for over a decade. He’ll talk to us about the chemical attacks, and about all of the evidence he has compiled that indicates Russian President Putin aligned himself with Donald Trump to get him elected president. His book is called Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win.

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