Esquire Magazine has posted an interesting article on the Russian use of Kompromat – compromising material about public figures – in the recent United States election. Some Kompromat involved using the website Wikileaks to disseminate hacked emails. For more information on how Kompromat works see Alena V. Ledeneva’s book How Russia Really Works: The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business (Cornell University Press, 2006).