The following story will move Saturday as this week’s Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
RUSSIA-PUTIN AND THE PLOTTERS
MOSCOW — Experts say President Vladimir Putin isn’t necessarily dictating every Russian influence campaign abroad. Some accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections appear to be ambitious individuals taking the initiative based on signals from the presidential entourage. Gun activist Maria Butina is one example. Others seem to be much closer to Putin himself. By Angela Charlton and Matthew Bodner. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos by 9 a.m. EDT.