According to reports from NPR, Russia is indignant about allegations that it was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing thousands of embarrassing emails through WikiLeaks.
Democrats have charged that the exploit was designed to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign and favor Donald Trump’s. Russia denies any involvement, but the incident helps shed light on how Russia’s political establishment perceives the two major-party presidential nominees.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was among the first Russian officials to ridicule the idea that the government had a role in the hacking incident. He called it “total stupidity.”
Peskov said Russia carefully avoids any words or actions that could be interpreted as interfering in the electoral process. He said Washington politicians often use the Russia card during their campaigns.
There is a perception in Russia that the Clinton campaign is raising the Russian hacking issue to draw attention away from the content of the leaked emails, some of which showed the DNC supporting Clinton over her rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders.
This is not the first time Russia has been accused of meddling in politics abroad. A number of former Soviet states like Ukraine, and some European countries, have made similar allegations before.