While many countries have shown a predilection for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has pockets of support, as Guardian journalists around the world explain
Russia has played an unexpectedly prominent role in this years US election, although the extent of the Kremlins involvement in hacking Democratic servers and the WikiLeaks disclosures will probably never be known.
What is clear is that Moscow has enjoyed constructing trouble. Vladimir Putin has a personal disfavour of Hillary Clinton going back to her day as secretary of state, while Trump fits perfectly into the mould of chaos candidates that Russia has supported in other western countries.
It would take a conspiracy theorist to believe Trump is actually a Kremlin stooge rather than simply a useful moronic, and some in Russia believed a Trump presidency was likely to have more potential for conflict than a Clinton one.
Under Clinton, relations would be unlikely to be rosy but would probably stay within a long-established paradigm of mutual distrust and restriction cooperation on certain issues.
US politics tends to be portrayed as driven by geopolitical interests rather than personalities, and so most ordinary Russians expressed the view that little will change, whoever wins. Still, the warm terms about Putin from Trump, and the slightly more positive tone of television coverage relating to the real estate tycoon, have both left their mark. A poll over the summer found that 22% of Russians had a positive opinion of Trump, compared with just 8% for Clinton.
Shaun Walker in Moscow
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