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    Statement on Russian media publication of hacked II documents
    The Institute for Statecraft is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to education in good governance and to enabling societies to adapt to a rapidly changing world. It conducts research, promotes models of best practice, runs programmes for societal development, and actively challenges threats to social harmony and democratic values. The Institute is financed primarily by grant support to its programmes.
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    Russian carrier accident reveals parlous state of infrastructure
    Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is often presented as the most striking symbol of Russia’s resurgent military power. In the early hours of Tuesday [1 November 2018], the carrier was damaged in a serious accident while undergoing repairs in Murmansk. One worker was killed and four hurt in the dramatic accident, which is being seen as a huge scandal in Russia. The story of everything that went wrong with the carrier in Murmansk shows how there is another side to the Russian military power that is seen as so menacing in the West.
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    Demolishing the Kremlin’s absurd theories about Novichok and Porton Down
    Ever since a Russian defector and his daughter turned up ill in Salisbury in March of this year, the UK’s chemical defence laboratory at nearby Porton Down has figured in various conspiracy theories and “alternative narratives”.