WATCH: Former RT anchor: Alleged Russian election hacks should come as no surprise

"It . . .seems like common sense all along that Russia would prefer somebody like Donald Trump," says expert

By Carrie Sheffield

Published May 7, 2017 12:00PM (EDT)

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As the investigation into Russia's possible interference with the United States' presidential election continues, Alyona Minkovski, a journalist with a background in Russian politics, said Hillary Clinton’s position toward Russia was perceived as hawkish, while Donald Trump — during his campaign — had pushed for bettering relations between our two countries. Thus, allegations of Russian hostility toward Clinton should come as no surprise, Minkovski argues, given that the United States and many other countries often seek to influence leadership decisions abroad.

"To me, it’s been kind of obvious and seems like common sense all along that Russia would prefer somebody like Donald Trump, who was saying the opposite of Hillary Clinton during the campaign," Minkovski said during a recent Salon Talks interview.

Born in Moscow and raised in California, Minkovski hosted television programs on HuffPost Live as well as at Russia Today. I pointed out that nobody hacked Trump supporters and created their robust enthusiasm to come rally and vote for Trump, whereas the enthusiasm for Clinton in key swing states faltered. So I asked Minkovski: Were the hacks, Russian or otherwise, merely holding up a mirror up to society? The hacks revealed the Democratic National Committee's bias towards Clinton, which many Bernie Sanders supporters would perhaps argue was a good thing to get out in the open. Don't we, as a society, want transparency?

“I always support transparency, and I think if it was the Russian government that orchestrated hacking of the DNC servers . . . then the United States needs to figure out someway to have a response, right?"Minkovski said. "To send the message that it’s not okay to just hack our elections, or hack foreign elections.”

Carrie Sheffield

Carrie Sheffield is a Salon Talks host, founder of Bold and adviser to Lincoln Network. She previously wrote editorials for The Washington Times, covered politics for POLITICO and The Hill and analyzed municipal credit for Goldman Sachs and Moody's Investors Service.

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