Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus, campaigns against Poland and the White Helmets dominate this week's yield of pro-Kremlin disinformation.
It is Groundhog Day in the world of pro-Kremlin disinformation, with WWII revisionism and the coronavirus continuing to dominate the disinfo caseload this week.
The pro-Kremlin media continues to target Poland, while the newly identified respiratory virus brings new opportunities for disinformation.
As Russia is gearing up for the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, the pro-Kremlin media is attempting to revise history.
Iran's admission to shooting down Ukrainian International Airlines' flight 752 has created big problems for the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets.
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