Russia did provide funding and support for the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline... when they are up to no good they are usually more subtle than focusing on individual candidates; they get more bang for the buck- er, ruble- by manipulating the environmentalist movement.
I don’t disagree, which is why they wanted HRC to win, but that has been going on for decades.
There is NO logical argument that can be made based on facts and obvious self-interests that Putin preferred Trump. None.
Stronger defense - Trump
Stronger NATO - Trump
Big man on the world stage - Trump (it was Putin under Obama)
Energy production in the US driving down price of Russian oil - Trump
Not manipulated by environmentalism - Trump
For a few million to the Clinton Foundation they could have bought whatever they wanted.
It is all simple logic.