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Next to Lugar's Laboratory in Tbilisi children with anomalies are born

Summary of Disinformation

5000 residents of Tbilisi Airport Settlement are in panic – over the last 5 years oncological and other grave diseases are on the rise there. Children are born with extraordinary anomalies. Terrible smell at night becomes so strong that it is impossible to open windows. The population links this to the Lugar Laboratory which is located one kilometre away from their houses.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the US/the West is building biological laboratories in the Caucasus region in order to use it as a test site https://euvsdisinfo.eu/shock-conspiracy-chemical-attack/ euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77462&date=

No evidence given.

The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector: www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/sakinform-and-zakharova-looking-georgian-trace-skripal-poisoning

See also a debunk regarding similar narrative in Armenia: uicarmenia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Report-english.pdf

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Reported in: Issue 105
Date: 22.04.2018
Language: Georgian
Country: US, Georgia
Keywords: laboratory, Biological weapons
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Asaval-Dasavali
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