It’s an ironclad rule of political deaths that when a leader kicks the bucket, conspiracy theories won’t be far behind. The deaths of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter crash yesterday are yet to fully be investigated, but that hasn’t stopped accusations of foul play coming out of the woodwork.

Russian political philosopher Aleksandr Dugin was quick out of the blocks this morning, tweeting that the “global West”, having unsuccessfully tried to bump off Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico last week, assassinated Raisi in what was made to look like a “‘natural’ catastrophe”, all to protect Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky.

Meanwhile, Foad Izadi, an analyst speaking on Iranian state television, cited “the presence of Zionists and Mossad” in the region where the crash took place. In less judicious corners of the internet there was even talk of “space lasers”, though Iranian media reports are currently indicating that an aircraft malfunction is to blame. Would that be the same aerospace designer behind Yevgeny Prigozhin’s private plane?