Due to the illegal and ongoing war in Ukraine, the Russian state and security services are currently in propaganda mode at home and abroad. One of the latest allegations involves the Federal Security Service (FSB) foiling “Nazi assassins” who were allegedly planning the assassination of one Vladimir Solovyov, a Russian state TV presenter.
The attack came with a list of seized items and photographs of the transport. Naturally this Nazi cell doesn’t seem to be particularly coy about its affiliations, and among other things the photos include a Hitler sticker, swastika t-shirts and… various The Sims 3 boxes and expansions?
Francis Scarr of BBC Monitoring tweeted photos of footage from the FSB, which can be seen below, alongside the official account of what was seized: “one IED, eight Molotov cocktails, six Makarov pistols, a sawed-off shotgun, a grenade “, ammo and so on.
The photographs can also be seen on official state TV. here around 5:30 pm.
And in these photos of the attack we have a “Ukrainian neo-Nazi starter pack” courtesy of the FSB pic.twitter.com/5FSvpze1lGApril 25, 2022
The Sims 3 being there, and several expansions to boot, is such a bizarre insertion into what are pretty blatant propaganda images. It’s so weird that you have to ask why these supposed Nazis were associated with this. A comical but surprisingly plausible explanation is that the FSB was told to take pictures with sims, as in phone sims, between items – and simply got it wrong.
50 dollars says the Russian officers who arranged this were told to have some sims (like on a sim card) in the pics and they misunderstood and added the Sims 3 video game https://t.co/txmwEYBVu2April 25, 2022
Who knows: but another fun element is a book supposedly written by the Nazis, which bears the signature of someone named ‘unclear signature‘. Clearly this order was also followed very literally.
An official Kremlin social media account confirms that Solovyov’s ‘plot’ is being pushed by Russian security services (automatic translation): “FSB revealed the name of the journalist who was prevented from being attacked. It turned out to be Vladimir Solovyov.”
Solovyov himself last night claimed on Russian state TV that the assassins were sent by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, while the President of the Russian Duma claims that this is proof of Ukrainian terrorism. I’m not sure Simlish has a word for ‘horse shit’, but maybe he should now.