Early 1996 Boris Yeltsin's approval rate was in the single digits. He had carried out a presidential putsch, started a shambolic war in Chechnya and had helped oligarchs pillage the nation and brought the economy to its knees. July 1996 he was elected president for the second time. How did this happen?
Oh well, it just took one of the most unfair, costliest and most fraudulent election battles in the history of democracy. -- All with the complicity of the United States which backed the Russian alcoholic in chief every step of the way (as it had during the '93 coup)....Yeltsin was on the US payroll.
Russian democracy was definitely "hijacked" in 1996 and pro-western oligarchs and the US itself were definitely complicit.
Did Russia hijack American democracy in 2016 as establishment papers are shrieking? I think the accusation is laughable, but if it did, it would only be payback for 1996.Russia Insider
If Russia Did Rig the US Election It Would Only Be Payback for Yeltsin's Second Term