Disinfo: Coronavirus might be a biological weapon

Summary

It is not a coincidence that are now hearing that the new coronavirus is artificially made and is a biological weapon.

2 years ago Wuhan university opened a high-security biological lab, that researched the most dangerous pathogens in the world. It is possible that the virus escaped the lab. But even more likely version is that the virus was brought from the outside. American corporations stand to gain from the virus. America itself could benefit, the US is the only country that has 400 military biological labs, not only around Russia, but also around China.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

The conspiracy theory also refers the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about US military biological labs circling Russia. See disinformation examples related to the Lugar lab in Tbilisi, Georgia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Biological weapons
  • Outlet: Itogi Nedeli @ 5 kanal [1:01:09 - 1:05:58]

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US technology is behind the outbreak of the corona virus – it’s just business

There is a parallel between the Corona virus outbreak and the other outbreaks of infectious diseases that occur all over the world. The US has laboratories in every corner of the world. Hence – American technology and virus outbreaks – are just business and no one cares about the consequences for ordinary people.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and hinting on the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here. 

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

The China coronavirus looks like a US set up

The China coronavirus looks like a set up.

US is practicing dual-use biotechnologies, which can treat, but can also kill. American corporations could benefit from this, they are developing new diseases just for profit.

An example of a US laboratory where deadly diseases are developed is Lugar Laboratory, in Georgia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here. 

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic authorities associate themselves with Hitler

Historical amnesia, Russophobia and anti-Semitism complement one another. The states and people unwilling to acknowledge the USSR’s role in the victory against Nazism will always attempt to erase the memory of the Holocaust. The memory about mythical “Soviet occupation” unites Polish, Baltic and Ukrainian Russophobes practicing radical ideology. The ruling regimes in the Baltic states and Poland track down their history to pre-war regimes, whereas Ukrainian authorities attribute its ancestry to WWII fascists. All these regimes associate themselves with Hitler, suffer from Russophobia, and promote the idea of “Soviet occupation”.

Disproof

This is an attempt of historical revisionism and a mix of groundless claims and manipulations aimed to discredit the Baltic states, Poland, and Ukraine, and to put the so-called Russophobia on one par with anti-Semitism. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Fascist / Nazi Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states and ubiquitous Russophobia in these countries and beyond.

For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and look at earlier disinformation cases, alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network.