Former adviser to Putin suspected of spreading conspiracy theories in the United States

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Ex-adviser to Putin suspected of spreading conspiracy theories in the United States

Andrey Illarionov

The American research organization Cato Institute suspected its senior researcher Andrei Illarionov, who worked as an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, of spreading conspiracy theories about the US presidential election and the storming of the Capitol. Writes about this edition Politico.

The institute was reportedly attracted by a blog entry by Illarionov, in which he stated that the storming of the Capitol was a “trap” set by the police. Illarionov also accused representatives of the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM, Black Lives Are Important) of provocations against Trump supporters. In addition, the ex-adviser to the Russian president on economic issues said that the protesters who burst into the Capitol building did not violate the Constitution and that it is still “unknown” who won the US presidential election.

Illarionov attached several videos on the riots in Washington, including a video that allegedly contained evidence of the infiltration of representatives of the Antifa movement into the ranks of the protesters. The Cato Institute told the publication that the organization strongly disagrees with Illarionov's statements, adding that the provocative publication is now being discussed at the level of the organization's top management and directly with Illarionov himself.

Former US President Donald Trump blamed the Antifa movement for storming the Capitol. He shared these conclusions in a telephone conversation with the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy. The congressman objected to Trump's accusations against Antifa, saying that he personally witnessed the riots and saw that supporters of the current president participated in them.

The storming of the US Capitol building took place on January 6 during a rally of supporters of the incumbent head of state, who do not recognize the results of the November vote, which resulted in the election of Democrat Joe Biden as president. The rallies led to clashes with the police. Five people died, dozens were detained.

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