The real reason why Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine will almost certainly remain a mystery. However, Ilya Yablokov, a Russian historian, wrote an op-ed for The New York Timesexplaining various conspiracy theories the Russian President is using to justify his invasion.
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Here is a brief summary of two of the more bizarre conspiracy theories he allegedly believes in.
NATO is using Ukraine as a military camp
Yablokov labels NATO as a ‘convenient boogeyman’. He also explains that for the Russian President, NATO, the US and the military of ‘the collective West’ all mean the same thing.
The LGBTQ+ movement is a plot against Russia
Yablokov highlights Putin’s statement where he said the fact that in the West, ‘children can play five or six gender roles’ is a threat to Russia’s ‘core population’.
The Kremlin then launched an anti-LGBTQ+ scaremongering campaign, which seemed to work. Indeed according to Yablokov, one-fifth of Russians said they wanted to ‘eliminate’ LGBTQ+ members from Russian society.
According to Yablokov, Russian propaganda claims that the LGBTQ+ movement is an ‘invention of the West,’ designed to potentially ‘shatter Russian social stability’.