Disinfo: The US is developing biological weapon in laboratories in post-Soviet republics


Laboratories under the control of the Pentagon are potentially developing a biological weapon in some member states of the Commonwealth of the Independent States and Georgia. This kind of labs is deployed on the territory of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Military biologists work in these laboratories creating new virus strains. Russia is concerned about it.

Particularly disturbing are the activities of the Central Reference Laboratory in Kazakhstan and Richard Lugar Centre in Georgia.


Recurring disinformation narrative about the US and biological weapons. The claim also represents some post-Soviet states as puppets of Washington.

The disinformation about US bio labs aiming to encircle Moscow and spread infectious diseases is a part of a years-long disinformation campaign led by the Kremlin. In fact, biological laboratories are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism.

The article does not present any evidence that supports the claim that the US is secretly developing biological weapons in laboratories around the world, thus making unfounded accusations. Russia claims that the Richard Lugar Centre for Public Health Research in Georgia, a public health facility named after US Senator Richard Lugar, is one such lab, but has never presented evidence to support its allegations. International experts visited the facility in 2018 to examine the premises, interview employees and review documents but found nothing suspicious.

Central Reference Laboratory in Almaty was opened in 2016. Kazakhstan officially denied that its territory is used for the development of biological weapons. Instead, Central Reference Laboratory helps to fight such kind of disasters like the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This narrative is part of a larger-scale disinformation campaign. See more similar cases: NATO’s biological experiments in US-controlled labs are a danger for Russia; The US is developing biological weapons in bio laboratories near the Russian border; US biolabs have been developing new biological weapons in Ukraine; US bio labs in Ukraine and Georgia conduct dangerous and non-transparent research; Russia suspects the US of developing biological weapons in secret laboratories around the World.