Russia, and the Global Far-Right Power Grab (in progress)
It's a somewhat arbitrary starting point that'll make sense in a moment: We have two basic (rather steep) evidentiary burdens to establish in order to explain what's going on: 1. A pattern of far-right power grabs 2. It involves Russia Becker found both in 2019 in Sweden.
Becker's sources map out an "ecosystem" of far-right, low-quality news websites, some of which were created by Sweden Democrats. Portions of that website trace back to ad revenue from a strangely far-right auto parts retailer with Russian owners. This is a recurrent pattern.
The history of active measures is rife with such instances; ideological insensitivity is a critical moving part, in my opinion. Russia doesn't necessarily agree with the ideologies it amplifies - it hasn't been backing rightist causes for decades because it agrees with them.
@jobeckerhrw @RidT @brooklynmarie It's a more complex question to look at the far-right and its geopolitical/eschatological (really both) ambitions. The Republican Party as we know it is the result of a series of historical "flips". The context of its relationship with Russia emerges from one such flip: this.
One polar end of the flip, and the beginning point of the transformation process of the American Republican Party into what it is today (as in, fascist) starts with this cat, Joey "Kind Of A Dick" McCarthy (no one called him that). The throughline here is hatred and religion.