Not long after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea, a Russian-speaking region in Ukraine. It was a textbook case of hybrid warfare, yet not widely understood as such at the time and, as it turned out, a test run for what was subsequently executed in the US.
The terrain was seeded with persistent propaganda and social media-fueled disinformation, followed by a quiet invasion with unmarked and unidentified troops. Their existence was denied at first, while the mysterious forces seized the means of communication.
From Russia with Blood, 2019, Heidi Blake — a searing look at Putin’s assassination program and war on the West, based on a long-term Buzzfeed investigation, a recent Pulitzer Prize finalist. Blake is a former Sunday Times editor who also exposed World Cup corruption.