Interview: Bret Schafer on Putin’s Internet Propaganda Push

Geopoliticalmonitor.com Interview

Geopoliticalmonitor.com sits down with the Alliance for Securing Democracy's Bret Schafer for an in-depth look into Russia's ongoing disinformation campaign against the West.

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