Fake News Networks announced that Putin had blamed supposed “Russian election interference” on Jews. A CNN headline shouted — Putin: Maybe Jews or minorities behind US election interference (1). But this is a lie. Unfortunately, many Jewish organizations have taken the bait.
In the interview with NBC, Putin refused even to contemplate the proposition that the Russian government was behind the alleged interference. Speaking of the trolls on social media, Putin said (2):
“So what if they’re Russians?” Putin said of the people named in last month’s indictment. “There are 146 million Russians. So what? … I don’t care. I couldn’t care less. … They do not represent the interests of the Russian state.”
“Maybe they’re not even Russians,” he said. “Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.”
“We in Russia cannot prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law,” he said. “At least send us a piece of paper. … Give us a document. Give us an official request. And we’ll take a look at it.”
The false allegations of Trump – Putin morphed into a vague theory of “Russian election interference.” As typical for conspiracy theories, it is vague about the supposed actor. It does not even claim that the actions have been ordered by the Russian government. This leaves two possible interpretations of the word Russian – a citizen of Russia or an ethnic Russian. For a native Russian speaker, the latter interpretation is more natural. Putin addressed both interpretations, and mentioned other prominent ethnic groups of Russia – Ukrainians, Tatars, and Jews.
The fake-stream media has been twisting its narrative until it degenerated into ethnic slur, then blamed Putin when he had pointed to this fact.
P.S.: I am not a fan of Putin.