Copies of “The Sims” video game were seen in a video purporting to show Russian agents foiling an assassination plot on a journalist.

A video purporting to show Russian agents foiling an assassination plot has been mocked by social media users.
The video of a sting operation showed copies of “The Sims” video game laid out on a bed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier alleged that journalist Vladimir Solovyov was the plot’s target.

Eagle-eyed social media users have mocked Russia’s spy agency — the Federal Security Service (FSB) — after spotting clues indicating that FSB agents may have staged their foiling of an assassination plot on a Kremlin propagandist.

A video released over Telegram on Monday by Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency showed what appeared to be a sting operation.

Captioned “Full video of the FSB with the moment of detention and the testimony of neo-Nazis who planned assassination attempts on Russian journalists,” the video shows an individual being forcibly pinned down and detained by Russian agents in an apartment. 

The video then shows the items the agents said they found in the apartment, including a stack of Ukrainian passports, a green wig, shirts with Nazi swastikas on them, and a photo of Adolf Hitler. Also found were what appeared to be drugs, pistols, and other weapons.

The video also showed a stack of supposed evidence of Nazi-linked activity, namely three copies of the popular “Sims 3” video game. Laid out on a bed were the expansion packs for the game titled “The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff,” “The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff,” and “The Sims 3: Seasons.”

The sighting of the games led some journalists to speculate there may have been some confusion between the “Sims” game and SIM cards, which are used in cellphones.

Francis Scarr, a senior digital journalist with BBC Monitoring, jokingly called the games part of the “Ukrainian neo-Nazi starter pack,” writing: “Who knew they were so into The Sims 3?” 

—Francis Scarr (@francska1) April 25, 2022

Eliot Higgins, a staff member at investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat, tweeted: “I genuinely believe this is a dumb FSB officer being told to get 3 SIMs.”

—Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) April 25, 2022

Meanwhile, political scientist Sergej Sumlenny highlighted how another still from the video showed a note bearing the Russian phrase “signature unclear,” rather than an actual signature. 

“Yes, FSB got an order to sign it with a “signature unclear” — and …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Journalists mocked Russia’s spy agency after copies of ‘The Sims 3’ video game were spotted in a clip of agents allegedly foiling an assassination plot

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