The severe measures, justified or not, are a sort of large-scale “sociological experiment” which aims to see how much repression would people be willing to accept, for a vague justification, and how politicized could the entire situation be. It could potentially also show how far people can be pushed before there’s riots on the streets, and the lack of “entertainment” leads to people finding ways to “entertain” themselves. As it has been proven time and again, mob mentality dictates that “entertainment” usually means decapitating the elite.
Italians change EU flags to Russian tricolor.
The Russian aid made Italians think who their true ally is. Calls and demands for the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions began sounding in the country.
What the pro-Kremlin media portrays as a widespread phenomenon is based on anecdotal evidence. For a more detailed debunk see reporting by BBC Russian service.
EU sanctions are not "anti-Russian". The restrictive measures were gradually imposed in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine, by a unanimous decision of all EU Member States.
See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus.