Disinfo: A remedy for coronavirus has been developed in Ukraine

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  • Reported in: Issue187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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Amsterdam may use coronavirus to commit frauds against Russia in the MH17 trial

The West may use coronavirus to commit frauds against Russia in the MH17 trial. It could intentionally ban Russian representatives from attending the court hearing and suppress the public speaking of the 13 so-called unnamed witnesses.

The Coronavirus may also become a pretext for provocations against Russia in court.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a conspiracy theory about the coronavirus, and one of many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives aiming to undermine the results of the MH17 investigation and the outcomes of the future trial.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - which is comprised of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service officials and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

The MH17 investigators decided to violate Russia’ sovereignty

Leaked documents suggest that the MH17 investigators have decided to violate Russia’ sovereignty. They were planning violate the borders of Russia by looking for witnesses of the crash of MH17 in Russia without warning official authorities.

Disproof

No evidence given that the investigators of the crush of MH17 would intend to violate Russia' sovereignty.

This is one of many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives aiming to undermine the results of the MH17 investigation and the outcomes of the future trial.

Mainstream media and governments overestimate the coronavirus threat

There is little doubt that the coronavirus threat is overestimated by mainstream media and governments. Covid-19 is in fact an ordinary viral disease with a slightly higher mortality from complications for people of old age or people with weakened immunity. Another open secret is that the current hysteria over the outbreak is being successfully used by some players to achieve their own economic and geopolitical goals. Looking at the current situation in Europe, one could suppose that some forces have seized an opportunity and are now fueling the coronavirus crisis intentionally.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented with no evidence to support the claim that the coronavirus crisis is being intentionally exploited for economic and geopolitical goals.

This is a continuation of pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts about the coronavirus outbreak, aiming to put blame on the West for allegedly exploiting the outbreak for their own purposes, namely isolating China. While many baseless conspiracy theories have emerged all around the world amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no evidence that Western media are deliberately promoting them with malign intent. On the other hand, there is mounting evidence that pro-Kremlin media are spreading disinformation on the disease for political purposes through a coordinated campaign.