While it may not rise to the level of giving aid and comfort to the enemy, Russia is certainly one of the nation’s biggest adversaries at the moment.
Seyfried appears on a special beauty supplement cover for Vogue Russia’s September 2016 issue.
She was photographed by Alexi Lubomirski and styled by Ekaterina Mukhina, wearing Celine, Dior, Louis Vuitton and other top brands.
The sexy spread is definitely eye-catching and so are the political implications.
Relations between the two nations took a tense turn when agents believed to be working on behalf of the Russian government hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s emails. The incident occurred just as its convention was getting under way.
Republican candidate Donald Trump was sharply criticized for suggesting that Russia search for Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails from the private server she used while Secretary of State.
Welcoming a foreign adversary to get involved in a U.S. election is unprecedented in the nation’s history.
Trump’s Russian connection deepened when Ukrainian investigators found a secret ledger kept by the political party of Vladimir Putin puppet and ousted Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych.
It showed more than $12.7 million in payments between 2007 and 2012 to Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort. The Washington lobbyist has since resigned from the campaign.
Trump, meanwhile, has spoken glowingly of Putin. He’s also said in speeches he hopes to improve relations with the Cold War adversary.
Trump even suggested that his administration might renege on its NATO pledge to protect the Baltic states from a Russian invasion.
Against that backdrop, President Obama has issued three executive orders since 2014 imposing economic sanctions on Russia. The president acted to protest Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and its backing of warring pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
The sanctions target “a number of Russian and Ukrainian entities, including 14 defense companies and individuals in Putin’s inner circle, as well as… six of Russia’s largest banks and four energy companies,” according to the U.S. State Department.
Contrary to the sanctions, Seyfried’s appearance on Vogue Russia’s could be interpreted as tacit support for the Russian government. Or it could suggest prominent Americans don’t support the sanctions.
Either way, it has significant propaganda value to the Putin government. Relations between the two countries are at their lowest level since the Cold War.
Two years ago, actress Amber Heard also also appeared on the cover of a Russian magazine.
At the time, hundreds of Ukrainians and separatists were engaged in combat and a Malaysia Airlines MH17 airliner had been downed by a Russian missile only four months earlier.
Are Heard, and now Seyfried, being used as political pawns?
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