Vladimir Putin’s plan to divide Europe is backfiring | Natalie Nougayrède

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As the truth about its spy activities unravels, Russia becomes a bigger problem for all Europeans – not just those in the east

The former Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin once famously quipped: “We wanted the best, but it turned out as always.” When Dutch, British and US officials last week issued coordinated denunciations of Russia’s cyber-operations – whose targets ranged from sports anti-doping bodies to the international chemical weapon watchdog – it felt like Chernomyrdin’s saying had been given new meaning.

For all the efforts the Kremlin put into staging the World Cup earlier this year as a demonstration of Russia’s openness, news seems to keep pouring in about the blunders of its not-so-secret services. In the latest instalment yesterday, Bellingcat, an investigative website, published the name of the second Russian agent involved in the Skripal poisoning.

Even small western European countries with no history of tense geopolitical confrontations with Russia can find themselves targeted

Related: Visual guide: how Dutch intelligence thwarted a Russian hacking operation

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