In the real world, Russian towns and cities have received a wave of mysterious bomb threats, all of which have turned out to be hoaxes.
Above, Belarusian military vehicles.
â¢ Russiaâs interference in the 2016 U.S. election is now undisputed. Whatâs less clear is the role played by the countryâs media.
Our media columnist, Jim Rutenberg, spoke with âThe Dailyâ podcast about the information war that the Kremlin is waging against the West, in part through its RT news outlet. Read his full story in the Times Magazine in English or Russian. Above, RTâs newsroom in Moscow.
And U.S. agencies are dropping antivirus software made by a Russian technology company, Kaspersky Lab, whose executives are suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.
â¢ Germany, which has been led by the most powerful woman in the world for 12 years, has a woman problem.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, above, who is running for a fourth term, embodies what feminists the world over have hoped to accomplish. But she shuns the word âfeministâ and has rarely if ever publicly promoted womenâs advancement â and women in Germany have not advanced much.
âJust as Obama did not end structural racism in America, Merkel has not ended structural sexism in Germany,â said Anne Wizorek, a prominent feminist writer.
â¢ As the German election nears, voters increasingly see the government as complicit with carmakers in a widening diesel crisis that threatens the German economy.
While Ms. Merkel is still heavily favored to win, the chancellor and her…