Disinfo: Coronavirus is found in countries which want to cooperate with Russia

Summary

All the “fairy tales” that the Chinese are eating “everything that moves”, and that is why it all started in China now seems to be a lie. Let’s pay attention. France has suddenly begun talking about the need to liquidate NATO, and suggests forming a defence alliance with Russia.

A couple of weeks later, the coronavirus was discovered in France. Italy has officially called on the EU to drop sanctions against Russia.  And again, after a couple of weeks, they discover this virus also in Italy.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. 

The coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 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 more than 3584 deaths by 08 March 2020.

As of 8th March 2020, coronavirus was confirmed in over 100 countries in all continents (except Antarctica).

Read similar cases claiming that Coronavirus an Anglo-Saxon biological warning: originates in US labs; targets opponents of the US, Coronavirus was created on purpose, probably by the same British lab which poisoned the Skripals.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Italy, China, Russia, France
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU, NATO, Conspiracy, Sanctions

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US Department of Defense has a secret biological laboratory in Georgia

There is a so-called Public Health Research Centre or Lugar Laboratory in Georgia.

It is believed that this centre contains a biological laboratory belonging to the US Department of Defence. In 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Lugar Center is hosting a research centre for the United States Armed Forces.

Russian officials suspect that the US and Georgian authorities are trying to cover up the activities of this biological laboratory that examines serious epidemic diseases.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons and the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system.

Pope Francis gets coronavirus

Pope Francis and two of his assistants revealed they have coronavirus. All three are in quarantine. Analysis of samples for the COVID-19 virus produced a positive result.

Disproof

The statement has no evidence; this is speculation. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the coronavirus.

The reason behind this disinformation was the fact that the Pope cancelled official events and audiences for several days. However, on March 1, the Pope held the morning Mass. Pope Francis also explained that he cancelled his participation in certain events due to the common cold. It also became known that the Pope was tested for the coronavirus but the results were negative.

Russia fought the Ottoman empire to liberate Bulgaria

Guided by moral duty and pan-Slavic sentiment, Russia waged war against the Ottoman Empire in 1877-1878 in order to liberate Bulgaria. The Bulgarians should be grateful to the Russians as opposed to the West, which acted against the cause of Bulgarian independence.

Disproof

One of numerous Russian attempts at historical revisionism.

The article presents a one-sided and distorted interpretation of Russia’s liberation of Bulgaria. According to the historical record, the Russian authorities were not guided by altruistic motives and brotherly feelings but by the pursuit of imperialist interests (including access to the Turkish Straits, establishment of dominating control over the Balkans), while the military personnel that took part in the war was not solely composed of Russians but by significant numbers of other nationalities such as Ukrainians and Finns.