In 2016, U.S. intelligence found proof that Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence worked to interfere with the U.S. election in order to help candidate Donald Trump win. Upon this discovery, the American people were warned that we shouldn’t expect the 2020 election to be any different. Russia will, and undoubtedly has already started their likely disinformation and smear campaigns against Trump’s opponent Joe Biden.
Over the course of the past couple of years, Tara Reade has gone from praising Joe Biden for his honesty, to last year alleging that he sexually harassed her, to now claiming that she was sexually assaulted by the former senator and vice president.
While every woman’s claims should always and absolutely be heard, as with any allegation, all of the evidence should be evaluated as well. In Reade’s case, there is plenty of evidence that casts doubt upon her claims — claims which seem to evolve with the weeks. Some people believe her accusations without even considering the alternatives, while others believe that there is something more sinister driving her. There are plenty of theories out there, many of which are just pure speculation or even border on conspiracy theory. One theory that has arisen is that Russia could somehow be orchestrating at least part of what has been going on. While we certainly aren’t making this claim, the links between Reade and Russia appear to be plentiful. This article will focus on them.
NOTE: The purpose of this article is to gather facts concerning connections we’ve discovered, and disseminate them in an orderly fashion. There’s a lot of rumors and false information spreading on the internet concerning Tara Reade’s Russian connections. No one has gathered all of this information and put it in a single place yet, so that’s our goal. We are not implying anything about Reade or her motives from this article. We’re just sharing information that might be useful in both debunking or supporting claims, theories and rumors circulating on the internet. We hope that other journalists can use this to further research, debunk, or validate many of the theories out there.
A Russian-Denying Video That Went Missing
In April of 2019, when Tara Reade came forward with her original “sexual harassment” allegations against Joe Biden, people immediately pointed to her frequent praise of Vladimir Putin, and questioned whether or not she could be some sort of Russian agent.
What happened next is where things get a bit more interesting. Tara Reade immediately denied the claims, and decided to team up with a woman named Wendy Dale to publish a video on Youtube and on Dale’s website attacking those who implied it could be Russia behind Reade’s allegations. The 4-minute and 40-second video has since been deleted, prior to Reade coming forward with her new allegations of “sexual assault,” but the evidence of the video still remains on Dale’s archived website.
The video was published by a Youtube user (presumably Dale) under the username “NYET Productions.” The account was created on April 25, 2019, just weeks after Reade’s allegations in The Union article were published.
“NYET” happens to be a Russian word that means “No.” This same video also was shown on multiple Russian video websites that rebroadcasts certain Youtube videos.
According to comments left on the Facebook post, it apparently was a “funny” video that mocked anyone calling Tara’s accusations “Russian-related.”
Suddenly before Reade announced her new “sexual assault” allegations against Joe Biden these videos were deleted from the internet, with no trace available. We reached out to Wendy Dale, in an attempt to ask for a copy of the video, but she refused to even speak with us.
Where things get even more intriguing, however, is the fact that in January of 2020, Tara Reade wrote a Medium article entitled, “How My Friend and American Ex-Pat Author, Wendy Dale, Survived A Bolivian Coup.” The article, which still remains active, attacks the United States for interfering in Bolivia’s elections (a known Russian talking point).
The truth is, however, the U.S. didn’t interfere in the election, but it is believed that Russia did. In fact, Russia was very much behind the Bolivian leader, Evo Morales, because his authoritarian type of leadership was very similar to that of Vladimir Putin.
What’s clear here, is that Reade and Dale worked together to try and mock those who were callings Reade’s allegations part of a Russian conspiracy to meddle in the 2020 elections. This took place just months prior to Reade writing an article undermining the U.S. and propping up Russia in the country where Wendy Dale had lived. Questions still remain, however:
What did this video discuss specifically? Why was it deleted? Why were the two women working together to debunk claims of a Russian conspiracy? Why was Reade attacking the US and propping up Russia while speaking of Dale’s experience in Bolivia? These are questions we would love to get answers to, but both Dale and Reade refuse to have this dialogue with us.
If Reade claimed that her positive posts concerning Russia in 2018 and 2019 were merely based on a novel she was writing at the time, then why was she still writing Pro-Russia, anti-US propaganda in January of 2020, 8 months after she created a video mocking those who attacked her Russian ties?
Tara Reade’s Sudden Shift From Being Anti-Putin to Abundantly Praising Him
In 2017, Tara Reade spent a lot of her time on Twitter, like many liberal Americans, attacking Russia and Vladimir Putin for interfering in our elections, among other things. Reade has a plethora of tweets, retweets and/or “likes” attacking Putin and his country, for everything from their inhumane stance on Domestic Violence to their attacks on America’s democracy.
In March of 2017, she retweeted an article by the New Yorker outlining how Putin is waging war against America and trying to “damage American confidence and undermine the western alliance.”
There are plenty of examples of her retweeting and liking other anti-Russian tweets as well, seen below:
Then, suddenly in 2018, and continuing through part of 2020, Reade’s stance did a complete 180-degree turn. She began praising Putin, in a way similar to what you see from Russian trolls on social media. Through multiple blog posts on Medium, Reade seemingly became obsessed with Russia and completely captivated by Vladimir Putin.
In one article written in November of 2018, entitled “Why a Liberal Democrat Supports Vladimir Putin,” she wrote:
“President Putin has an alluring combination of strength with gentleness. His sensuous image projects his love for life, the embodiment of grace while facing adversity. It is evident that he loves his country, his people and his job.”
“President Putin’s obvious reverence for women, children and animals, and his ability with sports is intoxicating to American women”
“I say, ‘Well, he is very good to women, holds them in high regard.’
This is the same woman who a year prior was sharing tweets condemning Russia for their treatment of women. What could have suddenly changed her stance on the issue?
In December of 2018, a little over a year after she had been attacking Putin for interfering in our elections, Reade published another Pro-Russia, Pro-Putin article, entitled “Bring on the Light.” In this article, again she does a complete 180-degree turn, now claiming:
“President Putin scares the power elite in America because he is a compassionate, caring, visionary leader.”
“President Putin is beloved by Russia and he not going anywhere. Instead of being ensnared in the recent political intrigues (and America is trying hard to set that trap). President Putin is keeping a calm focus on his own country’s development and future, without America. To President Putin, I say keep your eyes to the beautiful future and maybe, just maybe America will come to see Russia as I do, with eyes of love. To all my Russian friends, happy holiday and Happy New Year.”
In March of 2019, Reade is at it yet again, with another article claiming that she “shuts down” people who spread anti-Russian and anti-Putin propaganda, like she herself did exactly a year prior.
When the anti-Russia, anti-Putin propaganda starts up, personally, I shut down. I love Russia, I love my Russian relatives and friends. And like most women across the world, I like President Putin… a lot, his shirt on or shirt off.
It’s also worth noting that this article, as well as some of her others, were published in both English and Russian.
This, however, doesn’t add up because in an article she wrote in December of 2018, she claimed that she left Washington DC (in the 1990’s) because she was sick of “reckless imperialism of America,” and she “love[d] Russia with all her heart.”
This means that, in 2018, she had claimed to have always loved Russia since the 90s, but when questioned about her love for Russia in 2019, and 2020, she said that she only wrote positively about Russia because she was working on a novel and watching Chomsky at the time. Meanwhile, she was very “anti-Russia” in 2017, and in 2020, she again was speaking of Russia in a positive light while demeaning the United States. The timeline makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
It’s worth noting that one key aspect of the 2016 Russian disinformation campaign was that Russia utilized Medium to spread disinformation.
Yup, the Russian propagandists were blogging lies on Medium too
Not content with spreading propaganda on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Russia Today and Sputnik, Russian trolls have…
Tara Reade’s Quora Account
Quora is an information platform on the internet that allows people to ask and answer questions. Tara Reade has a profile on the website, under the name Alexandra Tara Reade.
Tara Reade’s Quora account is pretty inactive. Since signing up in late 2018, she has only answered four questions and asked three others. Her questions focus on Russia, hobbies in Russia and asking for people’s opinions on a pro-Putin article she had written entitled “Why a Liberal Democrat Supports Vladimir Putin.”
This “liberal democrat,” who in 2017 was busy retweeting and liking attacks on Putin and Russia, in 2018 and 2019 was showing a love and interest for Putin and Russian via this question and answer website. The possible Russian connections on Quora don’t end there, however.
Tara Reade only followed three other accounts on the platform, and as you can see below, all three of the men she followed appear to be Russian.
The individuals that Reade follows on the platform are Andrey Davydov, Dima Vorobiev, and Alex Korolev. These are not just all normal Russian citizens though. Dima Vorobiev is a former Soviet propaganda executive.
So who exactly are these men?
Andrey Davydov, according to his blog where he writes about Russian politics, is an avid researcher of history and genealogy. He was born in Far Eastern Russia and went to school in Moscow, Yakutsk and New Delhi. According to his Instagram page, he is a writer and farmer as well.
His Twitter account tells another story, however. Davydov seems to tweet a lot about American politics and doesn’t seem to be a fan of Donald Trump or Joe Biden. There is one specific tweet that Davydov made in 2014 that really stood out to us. He was essentially attacking Joe and Hunter Biden for the very same thing that Trump only recently began attacking them for 5–6 years later.
One very interesting recurring theme with Davydov’s Twitter account is that he seems to have taken a very keen interest in Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden. He has tweeted over ten times about the story, even questioning if her allegations could be the work of the Russian GRU.
Dima Vorobiev is a much more interesting character. Vorobiev boasts of being a “former Soviet propaganda executive” on his Quora page. He has a huge following of over 43,000 people on the platform.
According to his website, Russia Unlocked, he was born and raised in Moscow, and graduated from Moscow State University with a major in international journalism. He worked as an intern in the international propaganda arm of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (APN). From there he got a job “produc[ing] propaganda texts for distribution in Scandinavian and British media.” His job included ghost writing for various government officials, and “editing their texts.”
Vorobiev considers himself an “Educator and entertainer at Quora,” per his LinkedIn account, and he writes pro-Russian blog posts on Medium. He uses his Twitter account to push out many of his writings.
Alex Korolev identifies as being a former soldier, who served as a Russian Airborne Troop between 1994–1999, per his Quora account. He takes a hard stance against Ukraine, calling them a “US puppet dictatorship,” and calls Joe Biden “Puppet master Biden.”
Reade Inquired About a Russian Law Concerning Registering as a Foreign Agent
Tara Reade, doesn’t like it when people question whether or not she may be a “Russian agent.” And by no means are we claiming that she is, but in December of 2019, she certainly had a keen interest in a Russian law that would require journalists and bloggers (like herself) to register as foreign agents. Here’s the tweet.
Tara Reade’s Attorney Previously Wrote for a “Russian Propaganda Outlet”
On May 7th, we learned that Tara Reade had two attorneys working with her. One is Douglas Wigdor, a Trump supporter who donated $55,000 to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and the other is William Moran.
William Moran, is the former editor and writer for Russian state-owned media outlet Sputnik News. Sputnik is described as a Russia propaganda outlet known for really pushing the Seth Rich conspiracy theory, a debunked lie that was intended to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump.
Tara Reade’s Writing Style
Twitter user Liz Burgh examined many of Tara Reade’s tweets and she outlines her theory that many of her tweets are actually written in a “Russian accent,” or perhaps translated from Russian to English. We are not backing this theory, but it’s certainly worth reading her thread.
By no means are we saying that Tara Reade is working with or for the Russian government. We are just laying out the abundance of apparent Russian connections to this woman. We, again, are not drawing any conclusions, but we do hope that this causes more media outlets and individuals to further examine the evidence that is available.
This is part 3 of a series on Tara Reade. Please be sure to read our other research below: