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Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) released a series of photos on Monday, reportedly showing the belongings of a group of “Nazi Assassins” who had been plotting to murder Russian TV host Vladimir Solovyov. It is a very funny series of photos, for a number of reasons.

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Shared by the BBC’s Francis Scarr, the photos show exactly the kinds of things you’d expect a secret and highly-trained cell of covert Nazi assassins to own. Things like a photo of Hitler stuck to a PC speaker, Totenkopf patches, and a red t-shirt with an enormous Nazi swastika on the front. All very low-key, very inconspicuous. Other items seized, according to Scarr, included “one IED, eight Molotov cocktails, six Makarov pistols, a sawed-off shot gun, a grenade, over 1,000 rounds of ammo, drugs, forged Ukrainian passports, and ‘nationalist literature and paraphernalia’.”

There was also, if you look in the middle of the bed, a copy of The Sims 3 along with a couple of expansions. Why highlight Maxis’ classic in a photo otherwise dedicated to showcasing Nazi paraphernalia and instruments of terrorism?

Here’s a common and very likely explanation:

The photos were an attempt by Russian authorities to blame a cell of six suspected terrorists for a plot to kill Vladimir Solovyov, a TV presenter who fancies himself a journalist, but whose Wikipedia page labels him a “propogandist,” and who has been barred from entry into the European Union and had his assets frozen for his role in broadcasting Russian propaganda.

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