Amid growing international consensus that Moscow was behind the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Russian audiences are being bombarded with different, often conflicting theories about the case.
When Russian authorities have a particularly bad case and are put in a defensive position, pro-Kremlin media always use the same technique.
The Russian foreign ministry, top-level diplomats, main state-controlled TV channels and global companies like Russia Today and Sputnik are all involved in delivering multiple theories on the poisoning.
Last week, Russian TV continued to present more theories and accusations in relation to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English town of Salisbury.
With a human interest story, audiences can be distracted from negative reports about Russia’s Presidential election.
The data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica took private information from more than 50 million U.S. Facebook users without their permission to support Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, one of the biggest breaches in Facebook’s history.