The world is awash in conspiracy theories, fake news and “alternative facts.” Nowhere is this more true than in Russia under Vladimir Putin, who sees the “hidden hand” of the West moving against the Russian nation. This month, Origins presents something a little different. We offer an exhibition of political cartoons and caricatures, curated by historian Stephen Norris, by the cartoonist Boris Efimov whose extraordinary career from 1922 to 1991 illustrates the ways in which the Soviet Union saw the conspiracy of the West always at work—and how those ideas of the invisible, nefarious influences of America continue today.

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