Disinfo: US technology is behind the outbreak of the corona virus - it's just business

Summary

There is a parallel between the Corona virus outbreak and the other outbreaks of infectious diseases that occur all over the world. The US has laboratories in every corner of the world. Hence – American technology and virus outbreaks – are just business and no one cares about the consequences for ordinary people.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and hinting on the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

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  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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Baltic States ignored the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

The Baltic States ignored the international forum in Jerusalem devoted to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. They probably did it to avoid shame, given their support to nationalist Nazi collaborators.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi/Fascist Baltic States. The Baltic States did not ignore the commemoration of the Holocaust victims. Lithuanian and Latvian presidents attended the ceremony to commemorate the victims of Holocaust in Poland. Lithuanian and Latvian speakers of parliament attended the forum in Jerusalem.

Poland's government throws itself into disgusting Holocaust revisionism

As a consequence of the obsession with Russia, Poland’s government throws itself into disgusting Holocaust revisionism. The present Polish government refused to give the Soviet Union any credit for the liberation of Auschwitz and instead insisted that Poland was nothing but an innocent victim of the Nazis and the Soviets.

[Polish president Andrzej] Duda’s Party “Prawo i Sprawiedliwość” (PiS) even lobbied the EU Parliament to present this as a historical fact in a declaration – to the wrath of Russia, where this is seen as spitting on the graves of almost 27 million Soviet citizens who died in the war against the Hitler regime and of about 600,000 soldiers who gave their lives especially for the liberation of Poland.

Warsaw went so far as to completely ignore the 75th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis and instead to call this day the beginning of the “occupation” by the USSR. The new record-breaking low point, however, was certainly the opinion article published by Politico, in which Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed that the Soviets had deliberately halted Polish advance in the summer of 1944 instead of advancing the liberation of Warsaw or Auschwitz.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the World War II.

In his op-ed for Politico, Morawiecki notes that "liberation of Warsaw" is an overgenerous term, particularly in the context of Soviet actions before, during, and after the Second World War.

Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum held after the coup in Kiev

Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 by a referendum held after the coup in Kiev. 96.77 percent of the voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6 percent of the residents of Sevastopol voted in favor of unification with Russia.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Russia's annexation of Crimea, claiming that people chose to rejoin Russia through a legal and democratic referendum. For similar cases, see here and here. No international body recognises the so-called referendum held on 16th of March 2014. On the 27th of February 2014, when it was announced, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. A year after the illegal annexation, even the Kremlin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

It is also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan claiming that there was a coup d’état. There was no coup d’état in Ukraine. The onset of the Euromaidan protests was a spontaneous and endogenous reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden withdrawal from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk here