P.S. It is no secret that secret that the world is an arena where many countries compete with each other for political domination (like kids compete on a playground for friends and better toys). Intelligence services play an important role in that competition.
P.P.S. In a case you don't want to read about Russia, maybe you will read a piece on China? “Chinese children crush Americans in math thanks to a mindset Americans only display in one place: sports” (by Libby Kane; 2017)
Let's start from a simple statement: every game has two teams involved in it; hence, when one team wins and another team loses that says something about both teams.
Also, it is worth to mention the fact that for many decades the U.S. have been trying to influence political changes in many many countries in the world, including the USSR, including the use of the media available at the time. And in any country the general state of the intelligence forces reflects the general state of the governing.
The question “Why Did Russian Cyber Forces Beat Their U.S. Adversaries in 2016?” is related to the answer to the questions
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