Are historians, gays and aliens from outer space conspiring to destabilise Russia?
As we have pointed out on many occasions, the pro-Kremlin outlets love conspiracies. And the more shocking these conspiracies are, the better they serve the purposes of the disinformation campaign. For understandable reasons, the most shocking conspiracies include stories about violent death.
Have you tried the fidget spinner? The toy that enjoys a wave of global popularity has now also reached Russia – only to be blamed on national TV for being instrumental in a conspiracy to topple the Kremlin leaders.
The new Swedish fact-checking initiative quickly got a copy-cat that spreads pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Skripal case.