A key component of the Russian plan was their extensive kompromat and bribery of the elites of the West. They bribe Western businessmen, former government officials and others. With academics they presumably use bribery as well as academic kompromat such as plagiarism. Russia thinks in these terms. It is very meaningful to them. It is particularly meaningful to Putin because Putin is from the KGB.
It matters to Putin that the FBI, MI5, and DOJ know some of these things, like the Stanley Fischer plagiarism and Russia’s past use of it. That the FBI and DOJ keep silent while knowing this indicates to Putin that he can get away with invading Ukraine, shooting down MH17, possibly being involved in the MH370 disappearance, likely the Boston Bombing, and likely in the death of Berezovsky and possibly other deaths in the West.
Putin has tested the waters with the Boston Bombing, the failure of the FBI and DOJ to pursue information on the Internet and even cited by a former Secretary of the Air Force. To exKGB Putin this shows the West has succumbed to his active measures to control it.
It is not possible for the West to negotiate with Russia or to stop him from taking back the USSR until the FBI, MI5, DOJ, etc. start acting. They have to do things openly and alert the public to Putin’s leverage and the importance he attaches to it. Until that happens, Putin can take back the entire USSR.
This is draft and preliminary. The above is hypotheses and speculation. Comments and corrections welcome. Please restate as questions. All other disclaimers apply.