DISINFO: Alleging that GRU was involved in 2014 Vrbětice explosion is a way of scaring people
The current approach of the Czech government and politicians following the announcement of GRU’s alleged role in the 2014 Vrbětice explosion is just like in the 1950s in Czechoslovakia.
If Donald Trump remained the President of the US, something like this would have probably not been announced. It is not that effective to use COVID-19 to scare people anymore and that is why the government seeks other possibilities – such as this one.
The claim is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative surrounding the 2014 fatal explosion at an amunition depot in Vrbetice, Czechia and the suspected role of Russia's GRU agency in the incident.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the temporary Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamáček announced on 17 April 2021 that the Czech intelligence services collected evidence demonstrating Russia's involvement in the 2014 Vrbětice explosion. More specifically, it implicates Unit 29155, a division of Russia's GRU agency previously linked to "assassination attempts and other subversive actions across Europe."
Prague identified the intelligence officers, and demanded they leave the country over links to an explosion at a privately-operated arms depot in 2014.
Earlier pro-Kremlin coverage relating to the Vrbetice incident includes claims that it had been designed, among other things, to "curry favour" with the US; to force Moscow out of a multi-billion dollar tender; to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine; to divert international attention from an attempted Western "coup" in Belarus.