Disinfo: Europe punishes quarantine violators tougher than Russia

Summary

It is easy to notice that Russian law and law enforcement practice in the matter of punishing quarantine violators is much more humane than in Europe. There, measures to combat violators can truly be called draconian. However, in most Western countries nobody opposes such authoritarian measures. Human rights activists are silent, no demonstrations are being held, and many citizens are happy to call the police, reporting violations of the “regime of clamping rights and freedoms” by neighbours.

Disproof

This claim is consistent with the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the coronavirus, implying that the COVID-19 pandemic represents the end of democracy and open societies and will lead to an authoritarian takeover.

On the contrary, Russia has its strict measures against quarantine violators as well. At the end of March 2020, the Russian parliament has approved an “anti-virus” package of laws including up to seven years in prison for serious violations of quarantine rules.

At the same time, there are a lot of concerns and warnings from human rights organisations against some restrictions in different countries. For example, Human Rights Watch said that in a number of countries, governments have failed to uphold the right to freedom of expression, taking actions against journalists and healthcare workers.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Virus / bacteria threat, Russian superiority, European values

Disclaimer

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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