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In US exile, Kremlin watcher sees Russia draw closer

A Russian journalist-in-exile in Oakland, California, is monitoring and analyzing as her home country is accused of interfering in U.S. politics.

Kseniya Kirillova is a Russian journalist whose work is frequently cited by American analysts of Russia.

She came to the United States in 2014 and has been trying to win asylum. She cites what international press-freedom groups say are numerous unpunished attacks in Russia against journalists who report critically on President Vladimir Putin's government.

Kirillova says Americans don't realize Russia still sees the United States as its main enemy.

A former U.S. intelligence official, John Sipher, says Kirollova's close reporting on alleged Russian activities is adding to the "depth and breadth" of Americans' knowledge of what their former Cold War rival is up to.

Putin denies interfering in other countries, and denies allegations of alleged Russian interference in last year's U.S. election.