"Z is to Russian disinformation what Q is to American conspiracy theories", user @kdnerak33kdnerak33 said.
But where QAnon is an unpopular movement based on de-bunked conspiracy theories, Z is backed by government-regulated misinformation and has quickly been pushed on a global scale.
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"Those who wear the Z support the systematic destruction of a nation of 44 million people." Mike Rothschild, a journalist a Q-Anon expert said in an article for Daily Dot. "Those who wear the Q just wanted Hillary Clinton to go to prison. No matter what Q morphed into, it isn’t indiscriminate war."
A Russian supporter paints the letter "Z" during a far-right Serbian protest
Rothschild points out that the speed and power at which both groups grew is what separates them at the core of their being. A month ago today, Z was just a rarely-used letter at the end of the alphabet. Today, it represents hundreds of thousands of people supporting the innocent killing of Ukrainians.
"To equate Q and Z is to say that what is happening in Ukraine is akin to the far-right storming the U.S. Capitol. There’s just no equivalence, even if they both use letters, and they both have violent ideation. The scale just isn’t the same." Rothschild wrote.
While most people in the US know the Q-Anon movement is not a positive one to be aligned with, people in Russia seemingly have no idea that Z represents war.
Whether Russians are aware or not, the Z represents violence, power, and corruption on a global scare - something Q-Anon has not surmounted to.
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