Until recently most politicians and experts in the West have called people not to believe in various conspiracy theories, especially those spread via social media, there is a category of such theories that are now hailed and widely circulated over the mainstream Western media. One of the most incredible claims that Russia is meddling in democratic processes in the West – the Benjamin Griveaux affairs in France – prompted French journalist Ingrid Riocreux to publish an article entitled Russian interference – an authorised conspiracy theory’.
She writes that no conspiracy theory is far-fetched and implausible when it concerns Russia. This case involved eccentric Piotr Pavlenski, considered by some to be an artist, who became famous (infamous) by sewing his lips shut, nailing his scrotum to the pavement on the Red Square and setting fire to the doors of the Lubyanka building in Moscow, before moving to France where he also set fire to the windows of the Bank of France in Paris. However, when Pavlenski – an ethnic Russian – circulated on the Internet compromising images of Benjamin Griveaux, who was running for the post of the mayor of Paris, Western media immediately saw Russian, particularly Putin’s, hand behind this affair. This notwithstanding that chances of Griveaux, though running from Macron’s La République en Marche (REM), to win the race were considered by opinion polls to be relatively low and the post of the mayor of Paris, though important for the millions of Parisians and tourists, seems to be far from President Putin’s concerns.
I haven’t yet made up my mind on whether this time American intelligence agencies would find that Russia interferes on behalf of Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump in the American Presidential elections. I wouldn’t be surprised if the bookmakers were already announcing bets on the question. In any case, today, as Russians say, only those who are really lazy wouldn’t try to interfere in ‘democratic processes’ in the West. Hackers must be getting ready for European and World championships on the topic so widely advertised.