Time was that Soviet influence in Irish politics was confined to the CPI, Workers Party, Trade Unions and Official IRA. In this case it was clearly about extending influence within the Irish body politic.
Now with the demise of the USSR, is it the case that Russian business interests are now extending within Irish politics on all sides?
Conor Lenihan spent time in St Petersburg, Mick Wallace spent time with Julian Assange who is widely regarded as Putin's creature while Irish business people are slowly climbing the slippery slope to enjoy the vista previously believed to be the domain of Russian oligarchs
What will be the cost to our island as this juggernaut rumbles on?