Many Russian experts have offered that Vladimir Putin was never once a man who benefitted from the happenstance of the Soviet Union's collapse, but was part and parcel a living part of not only its demise, but its reemergence as a stronger and more vital nation.
It's said as a joke in Russian circles that there is absolutely nothing that happens inside the country that Putin doesn't know about and, you'd have to be a total fool to believe that you could get away with something against its government.
When Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer and auditor was arrested in 2008 and imprisoned, his subsequent death after eleven months in police custody generated international media attention and triggered both official and unofficial inquiries into allegations of fraud, theft and human rights violations in Russia. This is exactly the reason why Russian authorities chose to begin targeting one specific individual who could reverse an act of embarrassing sanctions against Russia on behalf of Magnitsky.
Turn the page to find out how a mysterious operation by Russians (nicknamed “Ghost Stories” by the FBI) targeted Hillary Rodham-Clinton in an effort to repeal the act and to install Russian agents at the very highest echelon of the US government!