Russian Meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election: A Forensic Counter-Intelligence Study

Instructor:  Richard ("Dick") Topping

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions, Thursday: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 at 9:00 -11:00 am
  • $20

Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election set off a political firestorm that has yet to subside. Although additional information will almost certainly come to light in the future, this is a good time to review what we now know about that interference. Six sessions will examine precisely what Vladimir Putin and his cohorts did; when and why they did it; what they have actually accomplished to date; and with how much help from which quarters – if any – in the United States. We also will look at how U.S. officials and other stakeholders responded to that meddling, and what we as private citizens can do to help ensure that any sort of repeat performance by the Russians – or anyone else – does not lead us down this troubled path again.

No text required. Instructor will provide links to the Mueller Report and other relevant material as it becomes available.

Dick Topping has been a student of Soviet and Russian affairs for over 60 years. After having been stationed in West Berlin at the height of the Berlin Crisis (1961-61), he spent 30 years at CIA, serving as a senior analyst for Soviet-Russian domestic and foreign affairs. He also worked on a major Counter-Intelligence project before retiring in June 1995, and he has now lived in Belfast for 25 years.

Dick graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. (History) in 1959; he received a M.A. in Public Law & Government from Columbia University in 1964 and a certificate from its Russian Institute in 1965. He has taught ten previous classes at Senior College since 2008 – primarily on U.S. National Security & Intelligence Issues, or Russia’s Evolution under President Vladimir Putin.