Netflix is part of a CIA plot to brainwash the planet, according to the Kremlin.

Vladimir Medinsky, Russia’s minister of culture and a loyal supporter of President Vladimir Putin, claims the online streaming service is on the US government payroll.

Speaking to a Russian news service, he said the White House had realized “how to enter every home, creep into every television, and through that television, into the head of every person on earth, with the help of Netflix”.

“It turns out that our ideological friends [the US government] understand perfectly well which is the greatest of the arts,” he said, alluding Lenin’s famous comment about the propaganda of cinema.