Disinfo: Western market economies leave the old and the uninsured without medical assistance during the epidemic


Some Western tools in the fight with the Coronavirus remind the theory of natural selection. How can they treat older people in such a way? In the case of Iran, no one has heard about old people being left without medical assistance. The attitude towards the old is one of the indicators of civilization. Also, would someone without an insurance be cured in the USA – no. We are not ready for the coronavirus epidemic because we have destroyed a social state. The virus has shown that the market economy is naked.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic – it promotes a narrative of failing Western efforts in the fight with the epidemic.

The message that the Western states limit the access of the older and uninsured population to medical care in conditions of the Coronavirus epidemics is a conspiracy theory. The main focus of the medical and social services of Western states is to assist the older population as it is the main risk group for this disease.

In the USA, the treatment of the uninsured persons having the coronavirus will be financed from the state budget.

See other disinformation messages connected to the coronavirus epidemic - Coronavirus will cause the dissolution of the EU and NATOPentagon-funded biological laboratories involved in creation of CoronavirusThe Baltic states may not survive the coronavirus-related economic crisis and Germany called for lifting sanctions against Russia because of Coronavirus.

More on EU repsonse to the COVID-19 outbreak here


  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: EU, Iran, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, health, West, Western values


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In conditions of an epidemic, the EU continues to promote the concept of the “Russian enemy”

The Russian aid to Italy was perceived in quite a strange way by some European media – French President Emmanuel Macron had also shown concerns about it. This situation shows that the EU continues to keep the concept of the Russian enemy alive. A similar concept of the “Chinese enemy” appeared in the USA as there were attempts to call the Coronavirus a “Chinese virus”. It is pure racism – unfortunately, there will be no quick reconciliation.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic and the alleged Russophobic policies of the European Union. It promotes the idea that in the situation of the Coronavirus pandemic, the West should forget about all existing political disagreements with Russia.

Evidence is emerging that there are significant shortcomings with the aid sent by Russia, with one report estimating that up to 80% of this aid is ineffective. The Russian aid delivered to Italy is mainly composed of various equipment for disinfecting the streets. This type of equipment is not urgently required in Italy and has been described as a Russian “geopolitical and diplomatic charm offensive”.

NATO has completely exhausted its reasons to exist during the Coronavirus pandemic

NATO has completely exhausted its reasons to exist. Today, it is some kind of a structure, which realises the commercial interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the situation caused by the pandemic, it is possible that the Americans may lose their interest and faith in the maintenance of this organisation. Particularly, if NATO member states will revise their budgets reducing their expenses for defence.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about NATO as a geopolitical project of the US. NATO is presented as an instrument used by the American military-industrial complex for the promotion of its commercial interests.

The statement that the USA may lose interest in NATO because its member states may reduce their defence budgets because of the Coronavirus pandemics is a conspiracy theory.

Europe’s failure to deal with the coronavirus is due to its sense of ideological superiority

Europe has experienced a long period of peace and prosperity. Its whole society feels entitled to prosperity and security without having to strive for it. Many people have forgotten that freedom means above all responsibility and respect for others. They are under the impression that they have the right to do anything they want, and that the state is obliged to solve problems they cause. This, too, was the reason behind the carefree attitudes of many politicians and the public in the early stages of the epidemic.

Europe’s failure was largely due to the fact that, thanks to a sense of ideological superiority, it failed to follow the logical steps taken in Asia and see the impending risks. Taking experience and assistance from these countries does not mean taking over their political system. However, a majority of politicians and the public have not yet realised this.

These Asian countries did not even consider the possibility of taking a herd immunity approach, as was adopted in some other countries, mainly because of their traditional respect for old age and family.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the collapse of democracy and the West amid the coronavirus crisis, also building on the longstanding pro-Kremlin theme of the West's alleged moral decay, characterised by hedonism, materialism, and hostility to traditional religion, which Western governments allegedly seek to undermine and to replace with pseudo-religions (such as LGBT ideology and feminism). See similar cases that liberalism has facilitated the spread of the coronavirus, and that the coronavirus "war" is finally forcing Western ultraliberals to finally care for vulnerable people.

The notion of "threatened values" is one of the master narratives used in pro-Kremlin disinformation, in order to suggest that those committed to decency and traditionalism are under attack from liberal “tyranny”.