In what is considered by many observers to be a failed Russian staging of a raid on a Nazi group, video games raise questions.
The information has gone around social networks, but not necessarily for the basic reason. In effect, a possible search in a “den of Nazis” by the FSB, the Russian intelligence servicehas been derided by many Internet users and political observers who demonstrate a failed staging.
On the images released by the Russian organization, in connection with a statement by President Putin, we indeed discover a photo supposed to incriminate terrorists suspected of fomenting in connection with Ukraine: a mattress on which are placed Nazi t-shirts, a photo of Hitler, drugs and… Sims 3 games. For many commentators, the FSB would have fabricated this photo and would have confused the directive “place three SIM cards” with “place three Sims”.
Russian agents claimed they foiled an assassination plot by neo-Nazis.
It looks staged.
It appears whoever set it up mistook The Sims video game for SIM cards.
— Bryan “Patriot Stalker” Schott (@SchottHappens) April 26, 2022
So, Russia says they stopped an assassination on some Russian lad by Ukrainian assassins
They shared pictures of the ‘proof’ they found
Passports, Drugs, Nazi stuff
And the sims 3 with 2 expansion packs
I guess when planting evidence they said, place 3 sim cards but heard diff pic.twitter.com/N2QKPtCTHw
— DANNYonPC (@DANNYonPC) April 25, 2022
The brain drain is clearly having a significant stupidification effect on Russian society. Today’s FSB reveal of a supposed UKR neo-Nazi assassination squad is case in point
1st a book inscription with instruction to kill signed by “Signature Unclear”. 2nd is purchase of “SIMs” https://t.co/tQ778sMyxh pic.twitter.com/rWvGJznAN0
— Dmitri Alperovitch (@DAlperovitch) April 26, 2022
Ukraine denies this plot which was to target a famous journalist close to the Kremlin. Propaganda or not, this is reminiscent of the many criticisms made of video games for decades. As a reminder, games like Counter-Strike or GTA have often been equated with deviance and acts of terrorism or massacre, especially in the USA. Fortunately, few seem convinced that the life simulator leads to Nazism.
As a reminder, the series is still considered a banned “gay propaganda” tool in Russianotably the last episode The Sims 4 Marriage which celebrated same-sex marriages and which caused debate when it was released.
I genuinely believe this is a dumb FSB officer being told to get 3 SIMs.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) April 25, 2022
Russian FSB tried to plant fake passports, actual drugs, nazi memorabilia among other things in an attempt to make a fake narrative against Ukraine.
On top of that they also mistaken the term “SIM cards” by putting copies of The Sims 3 Seasons, Outdoor Living and Master Suite. https://t.co/rZVesWsjo2 pic.twitter.com/6wTXX5wkUK
—Sims Community (@TheSimCommunity) April 26, 2022