Have Johnson and Trump been Putin’s great facilitators?

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In political jargon, a “useful idiot” is a credulous person manipulated to advance a cause. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it seems pertinent to ask whether Donald Trump and Boris Johnson might have served as Moscow’s useful idiots – or worse.

The case against Trump is strongest, and summed up in a recent article by Craig Unger in America’s New Republic magazine. It asserts that Trump was cultivated by the KGB for four decades, used his property empire to launder hundreds of millions of dollars for Russian mafiosi and was repeatedly saved from bankruptcy by Russian operatives before winning the US presidency with Moscow’s help in 2016. He then proceeded to undermine Vladimir Putin’s foremost bête noire – Nato – from the Oval…

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