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.
“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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