Disinfo: Over 80,000 people froze to death in the US during this winter

Summary

There is a big difference between how many people died because of the new coronavirus and how many people froze in the US. Open source data indicates that over 80,000 people froze in the US so far during this winter. However, this might not be a national catastrophe for them, because they do not treat people living on the streets as equal citizens.

Disproof

This statistic is fake and cannot be backed up with available data. No mass cases of people freezing to death in the US during this winter have been reported. Last winter, at least 21 people died in one of the worst cold snaps to hit the US Midwest in decades.

Read earlier cases of fake statistics alleging that the EU countries’ economies are on the brink of default, with over 20% unemployment rates, that in Chile, 10 kilograms of bread costs as much as an average monthly salary, and that 20,000 armed migrants are getting ready to break into the EU.

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  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: fake statistics
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus @ Novosti Shiolkovogo Puti @ 08:00 - 08:28
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A new Chinese coronavirus was likely elaborated in NATO biolabs

A new coronavirus coincides with a number of significant events in the world, including the WEF’s Davos Forum in Switzerland. It must not be a coincidence, just as it was with H1N1 virus and others. This is all business aimed at the creation of specific political and economic situation. There are many American and NATO biological laboratories around China. They study human saliva, the genome of humans representing specific race. Japanese media write that the new virus infects only Chinese.

Global fights are not ethical, everything can be used. Back into 1950-1960s, China released posters saying: “Everyone to struggle with American bacteriological aggression!”, this is coming back. Soon the new coronavirus will be linked to ecology… They will say that the presence of European specialists at Chinese industrial enterprises is needed in order for the Chinese goods to be exported to the US and Europe.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory aimed to cast a shadow at the US / NATO as likely purposeful creators of the new virus pursuing political and economic aims. So far nothing suggests that this was the case. Coronaviruses are well known to science. They are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses, rarely evolving and spreading from animals to humans.

In a new study in the Journal of Medical Virology, researchers sequenced the genes of 2019-nCoV (as the new coronavirus is now called) and suggested that 2019-nCoV likely originated in snakes. Hence the likeliest version so far is that the virus began to spread from Wuhan's local seafood and animal market.

Russia’s UN delegation proves OPCW doctored own report on Douma incident

OPCW inspector-turned-whistleblower Ian Henderson told the UN Security Council on 20 January that the OPCW’s report on the alleged 2018 chemical attack in Douma had been sanitised of any dissenting “findings, facts, information, data or analysis.”

Besides listening to Henderson’s testimony, the UNSC was addressed by Russia’s OPCW representative, Alexander Shulgin, and the chief of an NGO that had previously interviewed over 300 residents of Douma, shattering the official Western narrative.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives attacking the independence and integrity of the OPCW; lending credence to the claim that the 2018 Douma attack was staged; and absolving the Syrian regime of responsibility for chemical attacks in general.

Henderson's testimony was based on an already-debunked engineering assessment leaked in May 2019, which questioned the method by which a set of chlorine cylinders had been deployed at the site of the Douma incident. See our disproof of this claim, plus Bellingcat's exhaustive debunking of this and other Douma-related disinformation narratives here, here, and here.

Warsaw rewriting WWII history for propaganda purposes

Polish officials are minimising the Soviet Union’s role in liberating Poland from the Nazis, in an attempt to rewrite the history of the Second World War for propaganda purposes.

In an op-ed, Polish PM Morawiecki dubbed the Soviet Union a “facilitator” of the Nazi regime, glossing over the tens of millions of Soviet lives sacrificed in a war to topple fascism. Morawiecki also claimed that the Red Army “did not ‘liberate’ Warsaw, as the Russian authorities are now claiming.

600,000 Soviet soldiers died in the liberation of Poland.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War.

In his op-ed, Morawiecki rightly notes that "liberation of Warsaw" is an overgenerous term, particularly in the context of Soviet actions before, during, and after the Second World War.