Conspiracy theories against Russia are back. US TV station MSNBC is doing its best yet to spread the theory that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. “Do you think that the president is afraid to make Putin mad because maybe Putin did help him win the election and he doesn’t want to make him mad for 2020?”, anchorman Chuck Todd asked former National Security Advisor John Bolton in an interview in the show Meet the Press. This caused commotion in social media, since the Democrats’ affirmation that Trump colluded with Russia to somehow ‘steal’ the presidency seemed to have been put to rest after an attempt to impeach the president that came to nowhere. Bolton avoided Todd’s bait and said that there was “no evidence” that the president colluded with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Todd tried to put some distance and clarified several times that he wasn’t talking about “collusion”, without explaining what he was talking about if it wasn’t of “collusion”.
The US Department of State is ready to pay $150,000 dollars to the Ukrainian organisation which will be creating material with clear Russophobic content. This is evidenced by the tender, which was published by the press service of the US Embassy in Ukraine. According to the document, Washington is ready to pay a relatively large amount of money for the creation of propaganda films. At the same time, the US Embassy in Kyiv does not hide that the goal of the project is the formation of anti-Russian sentiments. This is also evidenced by the fact that the Russian Federation is called an “enemy” state in the text.
A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western Russophobia. The 'Notice of Funding Opportunity' by the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Kyiv does not contain Russophobic messages. According to the document, grant proposals include producing innovative content at the intersection of public history and digital media, highlighting Ukrainians’ personal stories of the country’s recent history. Applicants are asked to focus "on historical events frequently mischaracterised in Russian disinformation narratives and/or otherwise co-opted by malign foreign actors."