- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2016

Russia’s culture minister said Wednesday that the online video-streaming service Netflix is a vast U.S. government conspiracy to infiltrate “every television” in the world.

Vladimir Medinsky asserted in an interview with the Russian news agency Rambler that the popular U.S. company is part of a government mind-control project.

“And, what, you thought these gigantic startups emerge by themselves? One schoolboy sat down, thought for a bit, and then billions of dollars rained down from above?” he was quoted as saying.

“It turns out that that our ideological friends [the U.S. government] understand perfectly well that this is the art form that is the most important,” Mr. Medinsky continued, alluding to a Vladimir Lenin quote about the cultural influence of cinema, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

“They understand how to enter everyone’s homes by getting into every television with the help of Netflix,” he said. “And through this television, [they get into] the heads of everyone on Earth. But [Russians] don’t grasp this.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has positively reviewed Netflix’s original series, “House Of Cards,” which shows the dark side of American politics, RFE/RL noted.

Netflix expanded its reach to Russia this year, now offering its streaming services in 190 different countries.

The company has not responded to Mr. Medinsky’s comments.

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