Disinfo: Greta Thunberg is a front behind which huge money is running

Summary

There is every chance that the Czech proposal will stir up a lot of reactions in a Europe where the Greta teenager is just a front behind which huge money is running.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about Greta Thunberg, presenting her as a teenager manipulated by the adults who have economic or political interests.

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish girl, green activist, who launched in 2018 the "Fridays For Future" movement, encouraging students to demand action on climate change from their governments. In September 2019 she was invited at UN Climate Action Summit where she had a speech addressed to world leaders.

The claim is made amid the statement of the Czech prime minister on March 16, 2020: “Europe should forget about the Green Deal now and focus on the coronavirus instead.” Even though Poland and Czechia indeed called for suspending of the European Green Deal in order to focus all efforts on the health crisis, EU leaders decided to back 'green transition' in the pandemic recovery plan.

Read here a similar case claiming that Greta Thunberg is part of a scheme to enrich a handful of financial giants. Read more about disinformation narratives on this topic in our analysis.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Romanian
  • Country: Moldova
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Greta Thunberg

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.

see more

Coronavirus is a conspiracy against freedom

Coronavirus is a conspiracy against freedom.

 

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about political elites controlling world populations and reducing freedoms.

Political leaders call on people to adhere to quarantine, not to restrict freedoms and control citizens, but to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The Polish establishment is mad about the Russian help to Italy

The Polish establishment became mad about the information on the Russian help to Italy.
The imperative of the Polish camp of warmongers is to harm Russia at all costs. These people negatively reacted at the loss of Petro Poroshenko at Presidential elections in Ukraine as it resulted in a possibility of peace between Russia and Ukraine. These people absolved the neo-Banderite nationalists and their Fascist friends from all over the world as they were allegedly saving the “European civilization” from Russia. The human lives and the Russian assistance to the fight against the pandemic means nothing, as it is necessary to continue the anti-Russian politics – the Italians can continue dying if it is necessary.

Disproof

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

The Polish authorities have debunked false statements of Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov, who accused Poland of refusing to allow the Russian planes delivering aid to Italy to cross the airspace of the country.

If the US develops Coronavirus vaccine, only those with money will afford it

China, Russia and Cuba offer Italy concrete help. If these countries develop a Coronavirus vaccine, the sick will receive it. If this vaccine is invented by the Americans, most of the sick will die because they will not have money for the vaccine.

Disproof

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

At the present moment, several medical companies from the USA and the EU are working on the development of the Coronavirus vaccine.
The message that the USA will limit the access to the Coronavirus vaccine (so that it will be available only in the US or the sick will not be able to afford it) is a conspiracy theory.