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Rand Paul in 2016 acknowledged Russian interference in the US election to help Donald Trump but thought it "naive" and "partisan hysteria" for Americans to object to Russian interference washingtonpost.com/politics/rand-…
Rand Paul has consistently championed the concerns of Russian oligarchs thehill.com/homenews/senat…
In June 2017, Senate voted 98-2 to punish Russia for interfering in US elections. Rand Paul was one of 2 "nays" (Bernie Sanders was the other.) cnn.com/2017/06/15/pol…
It seems to be a family matter. Rand's father Ron Paul praised Trump's friendliness with Russia in a July 2018 interview on RT rt.com/news/433420-ro…
During Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, Rand Paul cycled through a lot of positions - before finally publishing in Breitbart.com an oped urging the US to ... do nothing lest opposition to Russian aggression spark war breitbart.com/national-secur…
The Ron Paul Institute frequently republishes material from RT ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featu…

Ron Paul Institute staffers are frequent guests on RT rt.com/op-ed/authors/…
Rand Paul vigorously defended Trump's grab-the-notes-from-the-notetaker Helsinki summit with Putin nationalreview.com/news/rand-paul…
Rand Paul defended Trump pursuing undisclosed business opportunities in Russia while running for president realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/12/…
Deep into 2017 Rand Paul defended Russia against conclusive evidence that it hacked DNC emails, fanned flames of defamation of poor murdered Seth Rich to exonerate Russia realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/10/…
In 2018, Rand Paul defended Trump administration as it pressured Ukraine to refuse cooperation into investigation of Paul Manafort's dealings in Ukraine nbcnews.com/meet-the-press…
Bottom line: whatever motivates Rand Paul on Ukraine/Russia, it's not principled opposition to corruption. He has been a very good friend in Senate to Russian oligarchs; indifferent verging on hostile to Ukrainian democrats and liberals.
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