Disinfo: Amid coronavirus epidemic, Latvia intensifies neo-Nazism and oppression of Russian-speaking population

Summary

In Latvia amid the coronavirus outbreak, neo-Nazi ideas are being cemented and implemented and the oppression of Russian-speaking population is aggravating.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and Nazism in the Baltic countries. Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Russophobic Baltic States are beggars and vassals of the West, that the main activity of the Latvian state is the trade of Russophobia, that a genocide against ethnic Russians / Russian-speaking population is possible in Latvia, and that the Baltic states openly glorify Nazism.

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  • Reported in: Issue 193
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Latvia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, Nazi/Fascist
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COVID-19 is a biological weapon created by Bill Gates, George Soros and the "Deep state"

COVID-19 is, of course, a biological weapon. It has an artificial origin, like this information wave raised around it. And the creators are supposedly the former head of Microsoft, one of the richest people on the planet, Bill Gates, and the so-called benefactor George Soros. In addition, the “Deep state”, with its centre in London is closely connected with these two. The “headquarter” of this game is located in the British Salisbury.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support any of the claims. This is part of a disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service. The EUvsDisinfo database has a long set of Kremlin-linked disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the coronavirus, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it is a pretext to gain control of the world’s population, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others. The claim that Gates Foundation has a link with the ”creation” of Coronavirus is based on the fact that Bill and Melinda Gates finance some researches projects of Pirbright Institute, a centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans, based in the UK. On January 24, 2020, Pirbright institute posted a press release explaining that the organisation have no link with the new COVID-19. This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that "The most powerful virus has been brought to Italy by Gladio, NATO's secret terrorist network".

Only 17 or 18 really died from COVID-19 in Italy

There might only be 17 or 18 real deaths from the coronavirus (in Italy).

Corpses are being burned today without referring to a doctor and without a certificate to mention the reason for death whereas everyone who died in Italy is being labelled as “death by coronavirus”.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory to showcase that the Italian government is deliberately hiding the number of coronavirus cases and deaths. It is part of the ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the coronavirus.

Professor Walter Ricciardi, scientific advisor to Italy’s minister of health has explained that "on re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity - many had two or three".

Polish Strategy of National Security was written under the dictation of the USA

It is not a secret that important Polish documents regarding national security are written under the dictation of the United States with a clear intention. The USA perceives China and Russia as its highest threats – that is why the Polish security strategy cannot be different. The main problem here is that the American strategy is the manifestation of state sovereignty, while the Polish security strategy is a part of the American strategy.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country. Poland is a sovereign state, which develops its own national security strategy, which is based on the national interests of Poland. See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.