- Throughout, a hallmark of Russian active measure operations has been its reliance on intermediaries or ‘cut outs’ inside a country to facilitate active measure campaigns. These actors include political organizers and activists, academics, journalists, web operators, shell companies, nationalists and militant groups, and prominent pro Russian businessmen. They range from the unwitting accomplice who is manipulated to act in what he believes is his best interest, to the ideological or economic ally who broadly shares Russian interests, to the knowing agent of influence who is recruited or coerced to directly advance Russian operations and objectives.
Several obvious problems here. Russian is undefined, first use is, Across history, the Russians have adapted their strategy as technology and circumstances have changed. Who are 'the Russians', and who are not ? Is anybody who adapted their strategy, etc, a Russian?
In particular, Article 13 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation prohibits for the state to adhere to any ideology. So 'ideological allies of the Russian Federation' is undefined (one can say they do not exist, or say that everybody is such an ally); then what are they talking about? --Resup (talk) 19:59, 30 December 2017 (UTC)