This is one of
four five posts dealing with Maria Butina and her social network:
The Associated Press recently received some thousands of files leaked from within Wikileaks and published a small number of them today. One highlight involves Julian Assange attempting to secure a Russian visa in 2010, prior to his taking shelter in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The delivery of Assange's passport to the Russian Embassy in London and its return to Assange was to be entrusted to Belorussian pro-Kremlin activist and generally suspected Russian and/or Belorussian intelligence asset Israel Shamir.
In Russia, Shamir is part of the same broad social network of Eurasianists, militarists, monarchists, Izborskiy Club members, KGB & GRU assets and veterans, who - regardless of how they may feel about Putin - answer the Kremlin's call to action. Action in this case refers to disinformation, provocations, paramilitary activities, and open military operations, in the Balkans, Moldova, Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria, not to mention within Russia itself.
Shamir - like his friend Alexandr Dugin - is good at building bridges outside Russia with activists on the far left and far right (e.g. Assange), among traditionalists, orthodox religious activists, social conservatives, aspiring authoritarians and nostalgic Stalinists.
You don't have to like Shamir or think he makes sense in order to understand that he and his are a threat. If we learn nothing else from the rise of Trump and his ilk, it is how quickly extremism can be mainstreamed.