The Russian Meddling: Forensic Counter-Intelligence

Instructor:  Richard Topping

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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. Our 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, here in the United States. We also will look at 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.

Required Text(s): None. The instructor will provide links to the Mueller Report and other pertinent topics as they become available.

Dick Topping has been a student of Soviet, Russian, and East European affairs for 60 years. After having been stationed in West Berlin at the height of the Berlin Crisis (1961-1962), he spent 30 years at the CIA, serving as a senior analyst for Soviet-Russian domestic and foreign affairs. He also worked on several task forces during crises in Eastern Europe, and on a major Counter-Intelligence project before retiring in June 1995. He has now lived in Belfast for almost 25 years. Dick graduated from Lehigh University with a BA (History) in 1959; he received an MA in Public Law and Government from Columbia University in 1964 and a certificate from its Russian Institute in 1965.