Disinfo: It is absurd to suggest that Russia may inspire Coronavirus-related conspiracy theories

Summary

It is absurd to suggest that conspiracy theories claiming that there is no pandemic could be inspired by Russia. Why exactly from Russia, if the whole world is fighting with the Coronavirus? After all, Russia has also suffered from this situation…

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying that state-controlled Russian media have been involved in spreading disinformation about the Coronavirus. The EUvsDisinfo Database on disinformation as of 14 December 2020 contained close to 675 cases of disinformation related to COVID-19.

Russia’s disinformation campaign on the Coronavirus has been well documented by both media and governments, and some of their elements were widely reported by Russian and international publications.

Despite their potentially grave impact on public health, official and state-backed sources from various governments, including Russia, have continued to widely target conspiracy narratives and disinformation both at public audiences in the EU and the wider neighbourhood. These messages are characteristic of the Kremlin’s well-established strategy of using disinformation to amplify divisions, sow distrust and chaos, and exacerbate crisis situations and issues of public concern.

Some cases, for example, claim that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the Wuhan coronavirus, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

Read previous cases claiming that mainstream media ignores the fake news campaign against Russia and that the EU is not publishing the coronavirus disinformation case it accuses Russia of spreading.

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  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, Conspiracy theory

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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Discrediting Sputnik V is a military effort by NATO member states to contain Russia

Funds have been allocated abroad to discredit the Russian vaccine. A “series of pseudo-analytical investigations based on false eyewitness accounts” will soon appear to discuss the “dangers” of the Sputnik V vaccine and its “universal denial of vaccination”.

The Western attempts to discredit the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus is a military effort by NATO member states, predominantly by the US, to contain Russia. Discreditation of the Russian vaccine is aimed to complicate its entry into the international market, however, dozens of states are actually already interested in it.

Disproof

The article is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign accusing Western states of having a hidden agenda, launched after the announcement of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country. No evidence is given to support the allegations

The reservations and criticism of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine were caused by the fact that Russia didn’t complete large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before releasing it. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.

The sexual revolution has killed more people than the Russian and the Chinese communist revolutions

Progressivist revolutions aspire to improve the material conditions of mankind, but all of these revolutions have resulted in killings on an industrial scale: the Russian revolution (20-30 million killed), the Chinese revolution (60 million killed), the sexual revolution (over one billion killed).

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West’s allegedly decadent, perverse and immoral value-system, aiming at discrediting, in this case, the sexual revolution.

The sexual revolution cannot be compared to the Soviet and Chinese totalitarian Communist regimes which killed millions of people.

The Moldovan Maidan scenario entered its active implementation stage

The scenario of a Moldovan Maidan started its active implementation stage. The US planned to launch it in case of a victory of Igor Dodon, but plans have changed. According to the available information, the US through its puppets of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) planned to provoke by any means the Socialist Party of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) into actions that would become a motive for protests. The latest statements by Maia Sandu about Transnistria, peace forces, the Russian language, etc., are exactly that. If this didn’t lead to the desired reaction, then other topics would be involved. Sooner or later, the PSRM would respond.

The US invested too much in this game through agents, NGOs, media, agreements with Ukraine and Romania, etc., and there is too much at stake for them to restrict their plans now, so they need to quickly worsen the situation in the region to bring it to the hot phase. Protests will radicalise, and aggressive guys from Romania and Ukraine have been spotted in Chisinau. A lot depends on the strength of the PSRM and the security forces. It is necessary to go on the initiative.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative against Moldova’s president-elect Maia Sandu and her Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), aiming to discredit her victory in the 2020 election against pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon by framing her and her team as Western puppets, and merging it with recurrent disinformation messaging about colour revolutions as a way to frame political movements opposed to the Kremlin’s interests as illegitimate.

See other examples of these disinformation narratives, such as claims that Maia Sandu won thanks to election fraud; that she has advised Zelenskyy to start a military campaign against Donbas; that her mission is to help Biden to create a sanitary cordon around Russia; that she wants to arrange a second Karabakh in Transnistria, where Romania and Moldova have secret plans to expel Russian troops; or that after her victory, the collapse of Moldova is inevitable.