When a video of a rear-driving automobile cruising round Russia’s Stavropol area appeared on-line just lately, one TV channel tweeted to ask Elon Musk what he thought. When Musk replied, folks joked that he could be a Russian spy.
“How do you like this?” requested the NTV channel in a tweet, prompting a response from Musk (in Russian): “Haha awesome.” Naturally, the alternate triggered some joking on-line about how the billionaire could be a secret Russian spy — the important thing phrase there being “joking.”
RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan even commented that “Agent Musk” had been busted.
But the light-hearted (and undoubtedly not critical) hypothesis was all a bit an excessive amount of for Polygraph, the “fact-checking” outfit of the US government-funded Radio Free Europe, which sprung into motion to examine.
“No, Elon Musk is Not a Russian Spy,” the headline confirms, as if responding to some type of critical hypothesis that the US-based South African entrepreneur may really be an agent of Moscow.
Why examine such a ridiculous declare?
The reality that many Russians had used the phrase “Nash” (ours) of their posts about Musk gave Polygraph “a base” for the fact-check “even if the claims seemed to be mere jokes” (which they undoubtedly have been).
The phrase “ours” is not simply any outdated “innocent” phrase Polygraph defined, as a result of the phrase “Krim Nash” (Crimea is ours) was used a lot on social media in 2014 after the reunification of Crimea with Russia.
Nonetheless, Polygraph defined that the phrase “ours” has really been “paramount” to the “Kremlin’s domestic propaganda” below Vladimir Putin’s “reign” (we will need to have missed the half when Russia reverted again to a monarchy).
So after all “Elon Musk Nash” was a matter worthy of significant probing and Polygraph spoke to a variety of ‘consultants’ to decipher the deeper meanings behind the jokes. Shockingly, all three consultants chosen by Polygraph confirmed that utilizing the phrase “ours” about something is one thing terribly nefarious.