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Researcher or Spy? Maxim Shugaley Saga Points to How Russia Now Builds Influence Abroad

Researcher or Spy? Maxim Shugaley Saga Points to How Russia Now Builds Influence Abroad

Maxim Shugaley was one of the Russians who arrived in Kabul following the Taliban overthrow in August. He is a mysterious figure that works for Kremlin ally Yevgeniy Prgozhin and whom the U.S. considers responsible for interference in the 2016 elections.

Mr. Shugaley is a political operator, sociologist and travelled to Kabul in order to find areas where Taliban can work with Mr. Prigozhin. He is a business tycoon and is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. To determine the potential opportunities for Moscow, Mr. Shugaley met with top Islamist officials and did opinion polls.

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