Disinfo: EUvsDisinfo denounces disinformation from Russia on Covid 19 but it is only an opinion and it is way overstated


The website euvsdisinfo.eu is available in English, French and Russian. It publishes articles. There are several sections. There is one which is anti-Russian, against the Russian disinformation and which has 13 people. A task force of 13 international civil servants is not huge.

There are a few articles every now and then that are opinion pieces. It's nothing shocking, we have every right to write this kind of opinion. The site is surfing the topic of disinformation about Covid-19, indeed right now there is a lot of disinformation, fake news, faked photos, conspiracy theories, about Covid-19 that stimulates the imagination. But among this, the participation of "Russians" or of sites on Russian territory is very, very small, there is really very little, there is certainly more that come from China, where there is the first population world of Internet users. In addition, this site attacks Russian-influencing sites such as Russia Today. It criticises them on the merits, it reproaches them for denouncing European policy and its ineffectiveness in the face of the vaccine.

But French news channels like LCI or BFM TV, also criticise the policy of the European Union or of France on vaccination.

We are dealing with something which is quite small, thirteen people, and something which produces opinions and tries to counter-influence critical opinions that RT or Sputnik produce.

There are a lot of people in France who have nothing to do with Russia who have the same points of view. In addition, when it comes to talking specifically about disinformation around Covid 19, you have to be able to define the truth when it comes to a new coronavirus. There are a lot of dubious opinions, among these opinions, there are indeed some that can go back to IP addresses in Russia or also Iran, Turkey or even France. It is a phenomenon of panic that goes a little in all directions.


Disinfo message that aims at discrediting the EUvsDisinfo project and denying any organised disinformation from Russia concerning theCovid-19 pandemic.

The EUvsDisinfo project of the European External Action Service’s East StratCom Task Force was created to identify, address, and respond to the Russian Federation’s ongoing disinformation campaigns affecting the European Union, its Member States, and countries in the shared neighbourhood.

The EUvsDisinfo project is not against Russian culture, not anti-Russian and is not about counter-influencing as regards RT/Sputnik in general.

With media monitoring in 15 languages, EUvsDisinfo identifies, compiles, and exposes concrete and specific disinformation cases originating in pro-Kremlin media spread across the EU and Eastern Partnership countries.

It is not a matter of a few opinion articles published from time to time, but a database of documented disinformation cases increasing daily and a weekly report summarizing the trends of the week. Regular articles and analyses are also published about new developments in disinformation methods and practice, and international research that makes innovative contributions to the field is collated.

It is true that EuVsDisinfo publishes in English, French and Russian, but also in German, Italian, Spanish and Romanian as well as Armenian, Azerbaijani and Belarusian.

It is also wrong to say that every media and country publishes criticism of the EU or EU members' actions against Covid-19 in the same way, or that disinformation coming from Russia is infinitesimal compared to other sources. For instance the report on coronavirus narratives documents many examples.

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  • Reported in: Issue 240
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/03/2021
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Information war, vaccination, coronavirus, health
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Disinfo: Joe Biden wants to provoke a New Cold War with Russia to distract the Americans from domestic problems

US President Joe Biden wants a new Cold War with Russia. Biden deliberately provokes Russia and seeks to bring about a new Cold War in order to distract US public opinion from domestic problems.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US and the West allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia. The article’s message is also consistent with the pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit US President Joe Biden.

There is no evidence to support the article’s claim that the Biden administration is seeking to launch a “Cold War” with Russia. The Biden administration reacted to specific Kremlin actions that harm the US and its allies, such as ongoing aggression against Ukraine, cyber-attacks, influence operations targeting the US 2020 elections. The administration has also denounced the violation of human and civil rights in Russia, such as the poisoning of an opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Disinfo: Ukraine never had a legal right to Crimea

Ukraine has never had the legal right to Crimea. The peninsula has always been and will always remain Russian land.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media trying to deny that Crimea is a part of Ukraine.

Crimea has a very long and complicated history with many peoples living there. Its population was diverse and included in various historical periods Crimean Tatars, Turks, Ukrainians, Russians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Armenians, Italians from Genoa, Urums, Karaites etc. Alans, Scythians, Sarmatians, Goths, Cimmerians, Huns and other ancient nations had also lived there.

Disinfo: NATO needs Georgia as a military platform for a conflict potential with Russia

Georgia, just like the Baltics, is a platform for the deployment of foreign NATO troops in possible operations against Russia, the long-term strategy does not provide for anything else, the leadership of NATO does not care much about the safety of the population of these republics.

[The NATO] partners need Georgia for the constant development of a conflict potential with Russia, and as a platform for the likely deployment of the NATO troops in the regional theatre of military operations. By agreeing to be a kind of anti-Russian "instrument" of the US and NATO in the Caucasus, the Georgian leadership deliberately "frames" its people.

Of course, in a situation of local (regional) conflict, none of the Western partners will sign up for a catastrophe for Georgia's sake . "Younger" allies are needed by the collective West as a consumable in the long-term confrontation with major opponents.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia particularly in the Caucasus as well as about Georgia's cooperation with NATO.

The narrative is part of a larger campaign aiming to influence public support against Georgia's NATO aspirations and portraying neutrality as the most rational foreign policy choice for Georgia. Georgia's movement to join NATO was intensified after the de-facto occupation of a part of its territory.