Disinfo: Claims about repression and concentration camps in China are exaggerations aiming to stop its influence


If the moment comes to pressure China, let’s say that there are concentration camps as if it was the Jewish Holocaust. Let’s increase figures and lie with the data, and make claims based in high school-like studies to talk about repression, because Beijing is bothersome and its influence must be stopped.


Contrary to the claim, serious human rights' violations in China, especially in the region of Xinjiang, where the existence of concentration camps has been denounced, are not exaggerated and lies aiming to stop Chinese influence but a reality backed by a wealth of evidence, including satellite images, testimonies of victims, research by experts and activist groups and leaked internal documents. There is ongoing debate on whether these crimes against the Uyghur minority fit into the legal term of genocide, as the Parliaments of Canada and The Netherlands have officially stated, but there is no doubt about their severity. By affirming that these charges are exaggerated or lies made up in order to pressure China, this disinformation narrative aims to deflect China’s responsibility for these human rights violations.

See similar examples in our database, such as claims that the US will use Uyghur jihadists against China, that the West is trying to eliminate Russia as a geopolitical actor under the pretext of ‘human rights’, or that there is no repression in Russia.

This disinformation message appeared in the same TV programme as the claims that “Human rights are a Trojan horse in the West’s hybrid war” and that “Sanctions are whitewashed under beautiful terms but they are merely illegal actions”.


  • Reported in: Issue 234
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China, US, Canada, EU
  • Keywords: Human rights
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Disinfo: AstraZeneca kills

AstraZeneca kills: a European country refused it.


Disinformation that advances pro-Kremlin propaganda against the COVID-19 vaccines produced in the USA and Europe. The claim appeared in the title wrongly creating an impression that AstraZeneca Vaccine is designed to cause deaths.

It is true that in Austria a 49-year old woman died as a result of multiple thromboses and a 35-year-old was also hospitalised for a pulmonary embolism after receiving a vaccine from the same batch. However, the Federal Office for Safety in Health Care of Austria said that there is no evidence of a causal relationship with vaccination.

Disinfo: Instead of vaccine Zelensky might have been jabbed with vitamins

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has publicly got vaccinated with the Indian vaccine, but some have claimed that he was injected with vitamins. The vaccination in public has turned into a show. Zelensky got vaccinated in Donbass, and immediately after the injection, shelling from the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the war zone has sharply increased.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating Ukraine and its president Volodymyr Zelensky.

There is no evidence to claim that the Ukrainian president received a dose of vitamins instead of vaccine. President Zelenskyy tweeted on 2 March 2021 that he was inoculated with Indian vaccine Covishield. A batch of 500,000 doses arrived in Ukraine on February 23 2021.

Disinfo: Teenagers in Estonia are infected by Russophobic alarmism

More and more teenagers in Estonia are ready to defend their country. This is showing that Russophobia in Estonia is widespread. Official Tallinn permanently scares citizens by “threat from East”.

The myth about “threat from East” is the idee fix of the Estonian government. The biggest part of society is infected by Russophobic alarmism.


A recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Estonia is Russophobic.

The starting point of the disinformation narrative was data from the Public Opinion and National Defence Survey, which was published by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia. The Survey showed that readiness among young people of upper secondary school age to participate in defence activities has increased to 63 per cent, while a year ago it was only 54 per cent.