A BBC drama actress has claimed that a series of Russian talk shows apparently inspired by Jerry Springer are part of a CIA-organised conspiracy to destroy Russian society by corrupting its values.
Russian star Maria Shukshina, who appears in the BBC crime drama ‘McMafia’, has been vocal critic of Russian talk shows such as ‘Let them Talk’ hosted by Dmitri Borisov on Channel One and ‘Live’ anchored by Andrey Malakhov.
The 51-year-old reminded her social media followers about the ‘Dulles’ Plan’ conspiracy that was allegedly developed during the Cold War by then CIA chief Allen Dulles.
Its proponents believe that the United States was trying to destroy the Soviet Union by secretly corrupting the nation’s cultural heritage and moral values.
The plan was first published in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union and was often quoted by prominent local politicians, journalists and writers.
The actress added some quotes that struck her most: “After sowing chaos, we will imperceptibly substitute their values for false ones and make them believe in these false values.
“Honesty and decency will be ridiculed and no one will need them, they will turn into a relic of the past.
“Rudeness and arrogance, lies and deceit, drunkenness and drug addiction, animal fear of each other and shamelessness, betrayal, nationalism and enmity of the peoples – all this we will cultivate.”
Shukshina then added another quote: “We will pull out the spiritual roots, debase and destroy the foundations of spiritual morality. We will take on people from their childhood, the main focus will be on young people. We will decompose, corrupt them. We will make them cynical, vulgar, cosmopolitan.”
Shukshina then asked her followers to compare these statements with the regular content of two popular Russian talk shows.
She found a lot of support among her fans, netizen ‘IvamilaLudmila’ said: “This all became a reality, and it seems that it will continue to get worse.”
‘TanyaU’ added: “Good job, you are saying the right thing.”
Others stressed that the plan was only a myth that was created by the Soviet Union to blame others for its own internal problems.
In McMafia, Shukshina plays the mother of protagonist Alex Godman, played by James Norton.
The BBC drama also features ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Faye Marsay, David Strathairn from ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and Juliet Rylance from ‘The Knick’.
Shukshina is the daughter of the late Russian writer, film director and actor Vasiliy Shukshin.