Russia's consumer watchdog is investigating fidget spinners after state television reported that opposition groups are using them to "zombify" youth.
State-owned Rossiya 24 cited an Omsk-based journalist who said the gadgets could be used as "an instrument for zombifying" users, causing a state of "hypnosis."
"Probably it is not a coincidence that they started selling the spinners at events by the opposition," Rossiya 24 host Alexey Kazakov said in the report.
Fidget spinners are used by opposition to pacify followers and distract them from real issues. Because that's what opposition usually does.— Alexey Kovalev (@Alexey__Kovalev) July 12, 2017
In the report, Rossiya 24 said the toys could potentially be used to lure young supporters to the opposition movement. Russia's consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, even went as far as to urge parents in a statement to be observant when purchasing the "aggressively promoted" fidget spinners and to supervise children playing with the toy.
Fidget spinners, which became a global phenomenon this year, were primarily designed to assist children with attention disorders. Some schools, however, have deemed the gadgets a nuisance and even dangerous for kids, and have restricted children from using them in the school building.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) poked fun at the Russian investigation on Twitter.