Children’s toy part of conspiracy against the Kremlin



Analysis & Opinion, Information security

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.

Yes, you read that right. In a news broadcast aired by Russian state TV Rossiya-24, the audience was told that the spinner “has at several occasions been seen in the hands of members of the opposition”. The spinner is in fact closely tied to political activism both in Russia and abroad, if we are to believe Russia’s national broadcaster.

But that is not the end of the story. Russia’s consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, followed up on Rossiya-24’s conspiracy theory by ordering a probe into the spinner’s possible negative effect on children’s health, as reported by CurrentTime TV.

Not the first game that was created by evil Western spies

The accusations against the fidget spinner do not stand alone: Supporters of opposition leader Alexey Navalny were recently accused of having ties to online suicide groups targeting Russian teenagers, and Navalny himself has been called a ”political pedophile” in Russian state media because of his success in mobilising young Russians to participate in protests. Clearly, recent “temnik” guidelines from the Kremlin have demanded that dominating Russian media follow a narrative about the opposition as physically dangerous for young Russians.

Previously, other elements of children’s culture coming from the West have been accused of being part of plots for regime change in Russia: Russian nationwide TV has, for example, explained that the Pokemon Go game was in fact created by foreign secret services as a tool for global espionage.

For more details on the accusations against the fidget spinner on Russian national TV, read the article by Meduza in English.


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  • MichaelA

    i knew my kids are spies
    this proves it

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Shortly after the Russian military shot down Malaysian passenger flight MH17 over Russian occupied Eastern Donbas on July 17/2014 using a BUK Missile, Kremlin sponsored propagandists almost immediately began spreading rumors that the downed aircraft was actually passenger flight MH370 which disappeared off of the west coast of Australia on April 08/2014 and that this had nothing to do with Russia. This of course was totally absurd but that wasn’t the point of Russia’s ridiculous nonsense, past or present. From the point of view of the Kremlin, it made no difference as to the credibility of allegations but the fact that an allegation was made in order to preempt any other claim made by Moscow’s perceived enemies. In effect, it would be tantamount to throwing mud against a wall and hoping that some of it would remain stuck against that wall. In other words, nothing but a constant stream of B.S.

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  • Dirk Smith

    As the sanctions increase and Putie has failed with his Trump gambit, ruSSia edges forward in the battle of hermit kingdom victory. North Korea now in 2nd place.

  • Murf

    You just can’t make this sh*t up.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      I certainly can’t make such nonsense up, nor can you- but Dwarfstanians certainly can, and do. It’s just as idiotic as Lyudmila Yanukovich publicly spouting her nonsense about Yushchenko and Yulia distributing doped oranges on the Maidan during the 2004-2005 presidential election campaign. This was too much even for PoR supporters who openly laughed at her, and she was never seen in public again. I wonder whether she’s still alive- she’s certainly not in Moscow with Proffessor Viktor.
      There are several vids of Lyudmila Yanukovich spouting her nonsense, here’s one: