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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 21: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov attends a state commission on innovations and modernisation session at a biotechnology laboratory in the Generium Science Center , Vladimir region, on March, 21, 2012 in Volginsky, Russia. Medvedev is on a one day trip to the region. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

Though some have been slow to acknowledge it, Russian operatives hacked voter rolls and political campaign correspondence in addition to using targeted digital propaganda and fake news in an effort to influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.

Now, Vladislav Surkov—a key advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin—has bragged in an op-ed about the viability of Russia's Democratic model, while decrying the "illusion of choice" presented by American democracy.

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