Disinfo: Big Pharma profits from coronavirus panic

Summary

Who benefits from the panic around the new type of Corona virus? The situation is under control, and there is now cause for worrying. In the early 2000s, around 100 billion USD was spent to “contain the spread” of the SARS-Co virus. In 18 years, around 700 people have died from it – just as many who dies from a usual influenza. In this case, the big pharmaceutical companies could profit largely. Why this panic? The answer is the classical: “who benefits from it?”

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin media occasionally attempt to feed into narratives on the pharmaceutical industry, suggesting evil play behind vaccines, pharmaceutical research facilities etc.

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  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China
  • Keywords: vaccination, Conspiracy theory
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Baltic States ignored the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

The Baltic States ignored the international forum in Jerusalem devoted to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. They probably did it to avoid shame, given their support to nationalist Nazi collaborators.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi/Fascist Baltic States. The Baltic States did not ignore the commemoration of the Holocaust victims. Lithuanian and Latvian presidents attended the ceremony to commemorate the victims of Holocaust in Poland. Lithuanian and Latvian speakers of parliament attended the forum in Jerusalem.

Poland's government throws itself into disgusting Holocaust revisionism

As a consequence of the obsession with Russia, Poland’s government throws itself into disgusting Holocaust revisionism. The present Polish government refused to give the Soviet Union any credit for the liberation of Auschwitz and instead insisted that Poland was nothing but an innocent victim of the Nazis and the Soviets.

[Polish president Andrzej] Duda’s Party “Prawo i Sprawiedliwość” (PiS) even lobbied the EU Parliament to present this as a historical fact in a declaration – to the wrath of Russia, where this is seen as spitting on the graves of almost 27 million Soviet citizens who died in the war against the Hitler regime and of about 600,000 soldiers who gave their lives especially for the liberation of Poland.

Warsaw went so far as to completely ignore the 75th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis and instead to call this day the beginning of the “occupation” by the USSR. The new record-breaking low point, however, was certainly the opinion article published by Politico, in which Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed that the Soviets had deliberately halted Polish advance in the summer of 1944 instead of advancing the liberation of Warsaw or Auschwitz.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the World War II.

In his op-ed for Politico, Morawiecki notes that "liberation of Warsaw" is an overgenerous term, particularly in the context of Soviet actions before, during, and after the Second World War.

Crimea was returned to Russia

Bloomberg talks about Putin’s achievements in 20 years. One of these is that Moscow succeeded in returning Crimea to Russia.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

While the articles make reference to Bloomberg and its recent analysis of Putin's Russia, the later did not write that Crimea returned to Russia, but rather that Russia "annexed Crimea from Ukraine".