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It may seem strange, but the Kremlin's propaganda machine is not backing US Presidential Republican Candidate Donald Trump. It has a bigger goal: Discrediting democracy in the United States. 

The Kremlin's main propaganda outlets in the US are the television station RT—formerly Russia Today—and the radio and online outlet Sputnik. Both are headed by Kremlin loyalists and closely mirror Russia's foreign policy. While their effect on the presidential race is likely to be minimal, their reporting is useful for the insight it provides into the Kremlin's intentions.    

Reporters for OCCRP examined the actions of the Russian delegation that observed Scotland's referendum on independence in September 2014, which, as with the Brexit referendum, Russian President Vladimir Putin had claimed was “not a matter for Russia.”