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TIME magazine cover shows White House blending with iconic Russian Kremlin landmark

Posted: 9:25 AM, May 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-18 09:28:34-04

The iconic St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square is an integral part of the Kremlin complex in Moscow. 

The striking cover illustration for TIME magazine's May 29 issue seems to be making a statement about creeping Russian manipulation of the U.S. government and politics, blending St. Basil's with the White House. 

The cover story is titled "Inside Russia's Social Media War on America ."

An excerpt:

"For many Americans, Russian hacking remains a story about the 2016 election. But there is another story taking shape. Marrying a hundred years of expertise in influence operations to the new world of social media, Russia may finally have gained the ability it long sought but never fully achieved in the Cold War: to alter the course of events in the U.S. by manipulating public opinion."

This GIF tweeted by TIME illustrates the theme of the magazine's cover story:

 

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