Disinfo: Democracy and freedom prevent Europe from fighting the virus effectively


“Free” Europe is the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. China can defeat it, Europe cannot. Because there is democracy, freedom and the virus lives by its own laws. So far, practice shows that the Chinese system copes with the virus as efficiently as possible.

WHO specifically recognised the effectiveness of Russia’s actions in combating the penetration of the virus and said that many should take an example from Russia.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, aiming to undermine the EU.

See related disinformation case alleging that Russia has found a way to treat coronavirus.


  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Euro-scepticism, Virus / bacteria threat, European Union, WHO


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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