Russian media is floating an odd explanation for the explosions of their commercial airliner over Egypt’s Sinai: The US and UK did it in order to pin it on ISIS, thus wearing away support for Moscow’s war in Syria.
A number of conspiracy theories have floated around the Russian propaganda machine to dismiss evidence of a bomb causing the Oct. 31 crash that killed all 224 passengers on board.
State media have used Russia’s recent campaign in Syria to illustrate a strong military that has taken down ISIS with no harm to its soldiers and civilians. When the Metrojet plane bound for Saint Petersburg crashed, the narrative was suddenly flawed, especially considering ISIS claimed responsibility.
Media outlets immediately called out British and American reports of a bomb as groundless. Sputnik — a Russian news agency available in 23 languages — dismissed the initial British report of a bomb as a “leap to speculate on a terrorist plot in the Russian airliner crash over Sinai last weekend.”
The article goes on to outline the strategies of the West and the way the highest level of government, meaning President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, back the terrorist claims to make them more believable.
“The confidence by which these assessments of terror methodology are being made raises an even more troubling, darker question: was it really terrorists, or was it British MI6 agents palming the deed off as terrorists?” the post concludes.
Conspiracy website WhatDoesItMean.com took it a few steps further by claiming two CIA assets believed to have masterminded the downing had been captured by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, an equivalent to the CIA.
Another question raised by Dmitry Kiselyov, a pundit on Russian state television, was how no American passenger planes had been downed after two years of U.S. airstrikes in Syria, but it only took 40 days of Russian warfare?
The approach is similar to the cover-up of the MH17 crash last July. It is widely accepted that the plane traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was downed by a Russian missile as it crossed the airspace of Ukraine. But various Russian reports put the blame on Israel, Ukraine, China, and, of course, the usual suspects America and the UK.
Russia Today, a Kremlin-backed, English-language news outlet, produced a documentary called “Mh17: The Untold Story.” It features experts and eyewitness reports which prove it was taken down by a second airplane and not a missile.
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