Re: General uptick in Villainous Russian stories lately.
Okay, let's assume you are correct. What exactly is Putin's hold over Trump? There has to be one, The Donald ain't in business for his health.
So what is it? Blackmail? Don't make me laugh. The bromance thing? Complete with sado/maso action? Puhleeze. If there's one thing we've learned about Don, it's that he's into women. Fixated, if you will.
Maybe it's just plain old money? It would have to be a lot to buy off The Donald. Sure, Putin could scrape up that much, but how can it be kept secret? All kidding aside, Trump has been under heavy IRS scrutiny many many times, even more so now. Even if he becomes President, he faces the very real risk that enemies burrowed into the IRS and elsewhere will move heaven and earth to expose the slightest Russian Payoff.
Don's only recourse is to do a speaking tour of major Russian cities. That ought to bring in a few hundred million, if the Clinton Foundation is anything to judge by.
Finally we're left with one thing only, and that's some sort of devil's deal where both parties secretly coordinate on how to divvy up the spoils (that's the world, folks).
Now we're talking! If Trump really is evil then it all makes sense. Only, it looks to me like Hillary is the one who represents the entrenched powers that be. When did the State become the Good Guys?