Could it be? Is it possible that Vladimir Putin is covertly intervening in US politics and aiding Donald Trump (most likely without his knowledge) in his quest for the presidency by doing what he can to undercut and stop Hillary Clinton? Only a fool would deny the possibility. After all, something similar happened in 1983 when Ted Kennedy on behalf of the Dems colluded with the Soviets in trying to defeat Ronald Reagan and elect Walter Mondale-who promised to restore detante and unilaterally freeze the production of nuclear weapons. This was a clear act of treason which Kennedy should have been held accountable for (see).
However, it is certain that Putin prefers Trump in the White House (who he flattered by calling him a "genius") over Hillary who he loathes like Obama. If Hillary is elected it's practically certain she'd be more difficult than Trump to deal with on the lifting of EU and US sanctions which were imposed after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. These sanctions, which are hurting Russia in the billions, include restrictions on major Russian state banks and corporations; and the blacklisting of dozens of Russian officials and firms accused of undermining Ukrainian sovereignty. It is practically certain that a Clinton presidency would make the lifting of sanctions contingent on Russia withdrawing its remaining troops from Ukraine, stop supplying anti-Ukrainian rebel separatists with money, training and arms; and lastly returning Crimea to Ukraine. And that would happen in stages.
But with Trump as president there's no telling what he'd be willing to do as he is unpredictable at this point. He did say confidently that he'd get on better with the Russian leader than Obama is doing; but that's about it. From Putin's viewpoint it's preferable for Russia to have a known unknown like Trump as president than a known known like Clinton (as Rumsfeld would say).
But last Friday on the 21st during his impassioned acceptance speech in Cleveland, Trump, as he was listing Hillary's foreign policy failures made one glaring and perhaps telling omission: Russia. Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, ISIS, and Clinton's overall disaster in the Middle East, were scathingly mentioned. But not a peep about her failure at Russian Reset, or blaming her for Russia's conflict with Ukraine and annexing of Crimea. Russian analysts could not have failed to notice this omission and probably took it as a sign, despite Ukraine and Crimea, of Trump's good will toward their country and its leader. Putin is certainly hoping that a Trump presidency would recognize Russia's ownership of the Crimean Peninsula and lift all sanctions in exchange for withdrawing its remaining troops from Ukraine, and cutting all aid to pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists.
Indeed, it was after Trump's speech on the following day (the 22nd) that Wikileaks posted the 20,000 DNC hacked emails that have thrown the Dems into pre-convention chaos, and forced Debby W. to resign as DNC chairperson, over evidence of their rigged pro-Clinton primary process. Coincidence? I'll let you be the judge of that. But one thing is clear: Putin does not want a third term of Barack Obama, and he'll do whatever he can to prevent it.