Disinfo: All this time the authorities of Great Britain were lying about deaths from COVID-19

Summary

The UK has suspended the publication of statistics on coronavirus victims. It turned out that the authorities had been lying about deaths from COVID-19 all along. As a result, London had to backtrack.

Disproof

A manipulative claim to imply the UK Government was lying whereas, according to Reuters, the UK actually announced a review of potentially faulty England COVID-19 death data. Health Minister Matt Hancock ordered a review into how England reports coronavirus deaths, after academics said the daily figures may include people who have died of other causes. The way Public Health England, a government agency responsible for managing infectious disease outbreaks, calculates the figures means they might look worse there than in other parts of the United Kingdom, according to two academics. The claim does also not explain why any Government would want to lie to make death statistics appear worse than they actually are.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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Polish parties and “political officers” from Institute of National Remembrance falsify history of WWII

81% of the Russians believe that in 1945, “the Red Army liberated Poland, saving the Poles from extermination by the cost of the lives of the Soviet soldiers”. The Poles had similar attitudes before the PiS, the PO, and, especially, the political officers from the Institute of National Remembrance, started to falsify history. // New survey commissioned by The Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding serves, like other centre’s publications, to scare Russia, and now also Russians.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. It accuses Poland of the “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. According to mainstream Polish historians and views of the predominant part of Polish society, in 1944-1945, the USSR occupied Poland, establishing the undemocratic and repressive Communist Poland. De facto, Poland appeared under the Soviet military occupation until 1989, while the Russian troops were withdrawn from Poland only in 1993. The Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) is a Polish government institution in charge of the prosecution, archives, education and lustration, in relation to crimes against the Polish nation. The IPN investigates Nazi and Communist crimes committed between 1917 and 1990, documents its findings and disseminates them to the public. The Russian authorities often accuse the Polish and Ukrainian Institutes of National Remembrance of historical falsifications and anti-Russian activities. See similar cases on how Poland and Ukraine established institutions to lie about history, The Polish Institute of National Remembrance is a gang of spongers and The Polish Institute of National Remembrance is not a historical and scientific institution.

No evidence of Russian meddling in 2016 US presidential election

In 2016, the US pushed claims that Moscow had “meddled” in the nation’s presidential elections, alleging that “Russian hackers” broke into the Democratic National Committee’s servers. Additionally, US President Donald Trump was later accused of “collusion” with Russia – an allegation later probed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. However, the latter’s report said that insufficient evidence was found to support the claims. Russia, for its part, vehemently denied any interference in the US elections, calling the accusations part of the “domestic political struggle”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Moscow's interference in the 2016 US presidential election. The message appeared in an article covering the US 2020 elections. Like multiple earlier stories made by pro-Kremlin outlets regarding the 2016 US election, the present report muddles the crucial distinction between: a) interference, b) collusion, and c) conspiracy. Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election is a well-documented fact. By the time the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 poll had been established by the US intelligence community. The Mueller report itself concluded that Moscow had carried out this effort "in sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1). On the other hand, collusionis "not a specific offense or theory of liability found in the United States Code, nor is it a term of art in [US] federal criminal law," (p. 2) and therefore gathering evidence of it fell outside the scope of the Special Counsel investigation. The aim of the probe was not merely to ascertain contacts between the Trump Campaign and Russia-linked individuals during the election period, but to establish whether these interactions were deliberate enough on the part of Trump Campaign officials to sustain charges of conspiracy(ibid).

$14 - $18 trillion will be spent as reparations for slavery; Democratic Party is betting on the Latin American and Black population

The Democratic Party is betting on the Latin American and Black population. For the first time, there was a proposal to “compensate the black population in the United States for centuries of slavery” and centuries of “white supremacy”. This means $ 14-18 trillion will be spent on black American citizens.

Disproof

Russia Today article refers to Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets as its source. No such proposal has been suggested by the democratic party. Instead, this idea was proposed by Robert Johnson, an American businessman and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). Johnson told CNBC in early June that the U.S. government should provide $14 trillion of reparations for slavery to help reduce racial inequality. Johnson is indeed a Democrat, but made this proposal in his personal capacity. To date, neither this proposal nor a similar one has been officially suggested by the party.