Russian Media Turns to QAnon Conspiracies to Help Re-Elect Trump - 2020-08-24
As the presidential election in the United States draws closer , Putin's Russia is paying close attention. Pro-Kremlin talking heads on Russian state television are discussing events in America with an air of both profound interest and deep understanding, treating electoral turmoil abroad as a real-life game of The Sims . In Moscow, President Trump's potential re-election is still considered the sole beneficial outcome, and the expectations are high.
Having experienced a windfall of geopolitical freebies from the Trump administration, analysts and military experts on Russian state television anticipate that if he is re-elected, Trump will finally pay out like a slot machine. They foresee the removal of sanctions; the restoration of shuttered Russian consulates in the U.S.; and even the recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
"[Trump] won't be tied down by Russiagate in his second term, he will no longer be shackled," said political scientist Vladimir Kornilov, appearing on Russian state TV show 60 Minutes . "So we're electing Trump again," surmised the host of the program, Evgeny Popov.