Disinfo: Coronavirus is a manipulative story

Summary

On a global scale, coronavirus is a kind of manipulative story. On the other hand, it is necessary to respond to it in some countries.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

The coronavirus (2019-nCoV) comes from a family of viruses that include SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading. As of 15th March 2020, over 153,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 143 countries/territories.

You can see other examples in our database, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UKUS or NATO creation and that the Americans have the cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while Big Pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profit, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China and that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days.

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  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Virus / bacteria threat
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The MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter

The MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter. Talking about the Joint Investigation Team, as the most victims of the catastrophe were the citizens of Australia and the Netherlands, the participation of these two countries in JIT is legitimate, while the participation of Belgium and Ukraine is “suspicious”. There was absolutely no ground to involve Belgium in the investigation. One should take into account though, that the country is the brain centre (sic!) of both the EU and the NATO. Also, Kyiv’s participation is questionable, as it is the main suspect in shooting down the flight.

Disproof

It is a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and the progress made in the investigation of the downing of the flight MH17.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is an investigation team set up for a fixed period, based on an agreement between two or more EU Member States and/ or competent authorities, for a specific purpose. On the one hand, two Europol member states should participate in a JIT, according to Europol. That is the reason why Belgium is involved in its work. On the other hand, there has been no information on any activities of Belgium in the criminal investigation of the downing of MH17. Therefore it is safe to say that Belgium's role in the JIT is rather formal.

Coronavirus chooses difficult countries

Coronovirus exhibits strange behaviour, choosing difficult countries. For example, China, Iran. But why Italy? In Italy there is the Pope in Rome, and a sneeze from him causes panic. The task of the spread of the virus is to slow down the growth rate of the world economy and freeze the world economy. Freezing the world economy through China is more effective.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. 

There is no evidence that suggests that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against certain states. It comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing 4000 deaths by 10 March 2020.Coronavirus is detected in more than 110 countries all over the world.

Empty chairs for MH17 victims outside Russia’s Hague Embassy: It’s a fake

The so-called “action”, where relatives of victims of the crash allegedly brought 298 white chairs to the building of the Russian Consulate has nothing to do with reality. This is part of anti-Russian hysteria in the media, with describing an event at which the journalists themselves have not been. Even the building of the Russian consulate is not visible in the the photos.

There are just some chairs standing on the lawn, and it’s not a fact that there are 298 of them. That’s how fakes appear.

Disproof

In fact, the action took place in front of the Russia's Hague Embassy, not the consulate. The chairs were laid out in rows like seats in an airplane and represented the victims who died when a Buk missile fired from territory held by pro-Russia separatist rebels shot down the flight MH17 on July 17, 2014.

The action was observed by international journalists and documented not only with photos, but also with videos. Embassy officials did not comment on this action.