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Jubilation, Caution, Concern as Russia Reacts to 'Great American Revolution'

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MOSCOW -- As the news of Donald Trump's upset victory in the U.S. presidential election rolled into Russia, there was jubilation among many allies of President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin -- which has demonized Hillary Clinton and seemed to root for the Republican candidate -- while some politicians predicted the stunning result would have little effect on badly strained U.S. ties.
 
State Duma deputies broke into applause after lawmaker Vyacheslav Nikonov broke the news to the lower parliament house on the morning of November 9: "Colleagues, three minutes ago Hillary Clinton acknowledged her defeat in the U.S. presidential election, and a second ago Trump began his speech as president-elect of the United States."
 
Trump won a race that had more focus on Russia than any since the Cold War and was very closely watched in Moscow, with the United States accusing Putin's government of stealing and releasing e-mails "to interfere with the U.S. election process" and the Russian state media taking aim at both Clinton and U.S. democracy as a whole.
 

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