Jefferson Morley | January 28, 2020
Let’s Compare U.S and Russian Conspiracy Theories
Meduza, the independent Russian news site, has an interesting podcast, Naked Pravda, comparing the conspiracy theories that circulate in each country.
They’re talking about each other again in Moscow and Washington, often spinning stories that aren’t exactly rooted in facts. Whether it’s Russiagate in the United States or color revolution in Russia and countries across the former Soviet Union, diabolical plots are afoot.
One guest makes a distinction between elite and popular conspiracy theories in Russia, a distinction that is visible in American political discourse as well.
The elite conspiracy theory that Trump’s campaign entourage criminally colluded with Russian state actors was not substantiated by the investigation of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. He found plenty of examples of possible obstruction of justice but no criminal conspiracy.