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Since the dissolution of the USSR, the US has pursued an aggressive military build-up against Russia. In the 2000s, the US orchestrated several so called “color revolutions” in countries bordering Russia, including Georgia and Ukraine. This campaign has culminated in the 2014 coup in Kiev.

The advanced war preparations have been bound up with a hysterical campaign in the US media against the Putin regime and Russia. Spearheaded by the Democratic Party in conjunction with the national intelligence agencies, this war-time like agitation has served as the basis for both an aggressive escalation of the military-build up against Russia and further assault on democratic rights, above all the censorship of the internet.

Since 2017,the Democratic Party has made the conflict over the correct tactics in the war preparations against Russia the center of its opposition to the Trump administration, including the failed 2019-2020 impeachment drive. The aim of this campaign has been to mobilize sections of the upper middle class for an imperialist war against Russia, while at the same time diverting social opposition to the Trump administration.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined from left by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., unveils articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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