Skip to main content

Fake Tom Cruise documentary is part of a Russian influence campaign aimed at the Paris Olympics, report finds

·1 min

Pro-Russian propagandists are intensifying efforts to undermine Western support for Ukraine and denigrate the upcoming Paris Summer Olympics. These efforts include online and offline stunts, such as using AI to impersonate Tom Cruise’s voice in a fake documentary attacking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and placing coffins near the Eiffel Tower with inscriptions referencing the Ukraine war. Russian operatives aim to tarnish the Olympics and hinder Ukraine’s momentum in obtaining Western-made weapons for self-defense. This propaganda campaign demonstrates desperation and opportunism on their part. The IOC has imposed restrictions on Russian athletes in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine.