Disinfo: Coronavirus specially manufactured to target Asians

Summary

Coronavirus is not considered a serious matter for the entire world, as it threatens China because it is specially manufactured to reproduce within the physical environment that carries the chromosomes of the yellow-race or the East Asian race, so to speak.

Disproof

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

The World Health Organisation is still 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.

This narrative was blown out of proportion later on after it was echoed by the Russian Ministry of Health. According to the ministry, there is information that the virus mainly affects the "Mongoloid race", however, they do not provide any proves to support their claims.

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

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  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Virus / bacteria threat, Biological weapons, Conspiracy
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

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US veto on Nigerians is part of a plot to prevent the emergence of the first African superpower

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim. This message part of a recurrent Russian narrative to portray the US as a destabilising power. You can see other examples of disinformation about US plans and actions worldwide, such as its attempts to cause a massive African migration wave to Europe, its experiments on people in Georgia, its promotion of jihadist terrorism and colour revolutions, its preparations for war with Russia or its alleged responsibility in the China coronavirus outbreak.

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The foreign agents’ network has occupied Armenia

Today, we are witnessing how Armenia is stepping back from the prospect of being a sovereign state. The foreign agents’ network has occupied the state system. And consistently disrupts national and state institutions.
Disproof

Conspiracy theory and part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about lost sovereignty. This disinformation message promotes the concept of a big conspiracy and is consistent with the recurring Shadow Government narrative, which pro-Kremlin disinformation sources often deploy as a rhetorical device to undermine the West and the international liberal-democratic institutional order.

It is also aimed at discrediting a number of democratic and liberal concepts such as civil society, and to question the legitimacy of Armenian state institutions. No evidence is given to support the speculative claim that Armenian authorities are foreign agents.