Disinfo: China to develop a vaccine against coronavirus and make big money

Summary

China has not given the coronavirus strain to any other country to examine and work on it so far. Perhaps China wants to develop a vaccine on its own and then make big money by selling it to the world.

Disproof

The claim is groundless. While laboratories around the world are now working on new tests for the Wuhan coronavirus and developing treatments for those infected with it, China is hosting a team of World Health Organisation experts, led by Canadian emergency expert  Dr. Bruce Aylward.

See more disinformation cases on coronavirus: coronavirus is being man-made by the US, NATO or UK, sponsored by Bill Gates in the frame of the global fight against China and Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination

Disclaimer

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Legendary scout, hero of Russia, saved the Polish city of Kraków

Legendary scout, a hero of Russia, Alexey Botian during the World War II commanded a sabotage group in the Polish rear. He managed to save the city of Kraków [Cracow] in Poland. His group blew up the castle, which the Nazis turned into an ammunition depot. Botian made a major contribution to saving Krakow from destruction by the German invaders.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and promotes a fake story about the "heroic saving of the city of Kraków from Nazi destruction by the Red Army".

For decades, the Soviet authorities have spread a story about the heroic role of the Red Army in the saving of Kraków Old Town from being blown up by retreating Nazi troops. Polish historians have established the narrative of the Nazis, preparing to blow up Kraków as a post-war myth aimed at the glorification of the Red Army among the Poles. Famous Soviet television film "Major Whirlwind" (1967) came to support this propaganda.

Ukraine forbids 40% of the people to speak Russian

What happened in Ukraine happened because Ukraine forbids 40% of the people to speak their native language.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and discrimination against Russian speakers.

According to the latest survey, 27% of Ukrainian citizens use the Russian language in their everyday communication; the Ukrainian language is preferred by 51% of Ukrainians and 21% are bilingual.

The US wants to destroy Belarusian economy and statehood

The US’s global goal is to build a unipolar world, and its goal towards Belarus is torpedoing integration in the post-Soviet space and of the Union State between Belarus and Russia. While nominally the US promised to deliver oil to Belarus, in reality, it is pushing Belarus to destroy its national economy. Instead of building a less dependent economy on Russia, Belarus can only become a totally dependent country on the West, without economy and statehood.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory which is consistent with recurring Belarus-related pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about West's aggressiveness towards Belarus and its attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations. This message is based on a false dilemma about the direction of Belarus's political and economic development (successful union with Russia vs. ruined economy and lost statehood).

See similar propagandistic false dilemmas for Belarus: union with Russia vs. no future, normal development under Russia vs. forced Polonization and economic devastation, turning into a Russian western federal area vs. descent into Nazism. See also earlier disinformation cases claiming that the EU wants Belarus to lose its independence and is trying to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations.