The New York Times reports that the Kremlin-sponsored news channel Rossiya 24 has warned of the insidious goal of fidget spinners. In the program, viewable here, the reporter wonders, “It is a mystery why it has become so popular in Russia right now. Who is promoting this to the masses so actively?”
He goes on to claim that proceeds from spinners are used to support anti-government groups. The evidence is twofold: first, youngsters selling the spinners at an anti-corruption rally in June using a banner that reads “Spinners from Navalny.” Second, the packaging is all written in English.
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