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25 September 2018

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Author: The Editors

Jan/Feb 2018
Page 16   ( 2 pages)

Summary: Tracking down the meme of dark materials set in motion by the Russian president.


“Did you know that biological material is being collected all across the country? And across various ethnic groups and geographically diverse areas of the Russian Federation? The question is, why are they doing it? They are doing it very purposefully and professionally. We are a subject of great interest.”

– Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin caused confusion and surprise when he suddenly declared that unknown forces were gathering “biological material” in Russia. The remark inspired both conspiracy theories and jokes, yet it also may lead to actual legislation, for example restricting Russians from purchasing genetic testing services, something that has become popular of late.

A baffled media turned to assorted experts, some of whom offered up wild conspiracy theories.

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