Disinfo: Bellingcat is a western weapon against Russia 

Summary

There is an organisation called Bellingcat, funded by Western governments, and according to the Kremlin, that organisation is a unit of US and British intelligence used to legitimise its media operations against Russia.

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Regardless of the content of the Bellingcat investigations … it is the duty of any Russian citizen to see at least the interests of the US and the West behind the activities of “Bellingcat”, and that it is a weapon in the hands of the West.

Disproof

This is part of a recurrent Russian effort to discredit the highly respected investigative site Bellingcat, which uncovered many elements in cases such as the downing of the MH17 flight or the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and recently the case of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny that contradict and expose Russian disinformation narratives.

Bellingcat, an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists, was created in 2014 with the help of private donations received through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

In March 2019 it received a 500 thousand EUR donation from the Dutch postcode lottery. Half of the funding for Bellingcat comes from grants and donations and the other half from running workshops training people in the art of open-source investigations. The platform clearly mentions that:

"around 35% of Bellingcat’s budget is currently raised from workshops"

Much of the grant money does not directly fund investigations and is used for support services such as the translation of documents and training.

Furthermore, Bellingcat has no clients to please. Bellingcat’s funding model frees it to pursue ethics-driven investigations, like documenting the targeting of journalists by police during the Black Lives Matter protests. It also sometimes partners with law enforcement, for example, it helps Europol fight child abuse and is developing best practices to facilitate use of their investigations in court.

In our database, you can find other examples of false accusations against Bellingcat, such as it being anti-Russian, or a tool to destroy Nord Stream 2, and even instrumentalisation by governments to contradict proof of Russia's innocence or its alleged fabrication of evidence against Moscow.

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, US, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Anti-Russian, Alexei Navalny, Information war
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COVID-19 is a multi-purpose biological weapon

COVID-19 is a dangerous, and in many cases, deadly virus artificially designed to be used against humanity – a biological weapon that has already claimed nearly 2 million lives worldwide and, according to an analysis by the WSJ, puts the actual death toll at more than 2.8 million.

It is very important to note that COVID-19 is a multi-purpose biological weapon, its main goals are to reduce the number of human beings, to destroy the economies of countries, to bring them to their knees, to put states and populations in such a state that they see no way out of the situation other than mass vaccination.

Disproof

Disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, biological weapons and vaccination, in line with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about a "Deep state" or a Shadow Government of all-powerful groups ruling the world.

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 assault on the Capitol is the new 9/11

The 9/11 incidents led to the beginning of the restriction of basic freedoms in the US, for which Baby Bush had the support of the Pentagon and the Deep State (the CIA, FBI, etc.). And nine years ago, Leon Panetta, US Secretary of Defense with Obama, warned that the US lived a “pre-Pearl Harbour 9/11 cybernetic moments, when four actors -Russia, China, Iran and unspecified terrorist identities- are preparing to attack critical infrastructures in the US”. The United States has been looking for its cyber-Pearl Harbour since then. Now, with the pretext of the coarse assault of the Capitol, the complex Pentagon-Deep State-Wall Street-Silicon Valley is humiliating Trump, when the ‘cybercracy’ censors his accounts in social media. Now, with the 1/6 incidents, there is a triple goal: to impose a new domestic order with a single, globalist-oriented party, and to exorcise Trumpism; the irredentism of the global ‘cybercracy’ to subdue the digital sovereignty of those countries who lack antibodies; and the expansion of the US cyberwar against China and Russia. This is a global ‘cybernetic coup’.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory not based on any evidence, merging several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the 9/11 attacks as a domestic conspiracy, and about global elites secretly ruling the world, and specifically a so-called ‘Deep State’ in the United States who rule above elected officials. This narrative aims to question the legitimacy of democracy and Western institutions and, in this case, to favour Donald Trump by framing him as the victim of a conspiracy.

There is massive evidence that Donald Trump’s supporters organised, coordinated and launched the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, without any intervention of an alleged ‘Deep State complex’ as a way to discredit Trumpism or to advance a set of secret plans. The article also deliberately distorts the meaning of Leon Panetta’s speech. In an intervention at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, then-Secretary of Defense Panetta was warning about the cyber-vulnerabilities of his country against foreign or malignant actors, not setting the bases for an alleged action that would serve as a pretext to put in practice a dark agenda.

Ukrainian marines rebel against unknown vaccine testing

Ukrainian marines in Donbas rebelled against the order to undergo mandatory vaccination against coronavirus with an unknown vaccine.

Testing of unknown foreign vaccines began in the Ukrainian military in the Autumn of last year.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the coronavirus pandemic and the US/ West which allegedly controls different processes in Ukraine.

No evidence is given. As for now, Ukraine hasn't received any coronavirus vaccines.