You know, because it's all a hoax made up in Hollywood.....
According to a Tuesday article in the Moscow Times, a spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee named Vladimir Markin suggested that an international investigation be mounted into some of the “various murky details surrounding the U.S. moon landings between 1969 and 1972.” Markin would particularly like to know some of the missing moon rocks went to and why the original footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing was erased. Markin hastened to add that he is, of course, not suggesting that NASA faked the moon landings and just filmed the events in a studio.
A largely discredited conspiracy theory posits that NASA faked the moon landings in order to derived the propaganda coup without going through the effort of landing on the moon. Everything from an episode by the Mythbusters to modern visual evidence has disproved this theory thoroughly.
Markin seems to be upset at American investigations of FIFA, the governing body for World Cup Soccer, which resulted in the resignation of its president under suspicion of corruption. The revelations have focused attention of how Russia and Qatar became hosts of the competition in 2018 and 2022 respectively. Investigators believe that money laundered payments were made to secure the hosting of the World Cup Soccer competition.
What the point would be of an international investigation of the Apollo program, aside from petty revenge for Russia, is an open question. The race to the moon proved to be a triumph for the United States and an utter humiliation for the Soviet Union. Some historians believe that the moon landings contributed to the eventual fall of the Soviet Union by proving the technological superiority of the United States.
Relations between Russia and the United States have been strained as of late, largely because of Vladimir Putin’s imperialist adventures in the Ukraine and elsewhere. Russia has openly talked of ending the America-Russian space partnership and striking out on its own, as was the case during the Cold War. A variety of technical glitches and funding problems have cast doubt on Russia’s ability to do so.
I'm calling for an 'International Investigation' of Russia.