Disinfo: Poland closed its airspace to Russian military aircraft carrying coronavirus aid to Italy

Summary

Poland closed its airspace to Russian military aircraft carrying aid to Italy to help it cope with the coronavirus emergency.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU’s and other EU countries’ lack of solidarity with Italy, which is one of the countries that has suffered the harshest effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The claim that Poland did not let Russian aircraft carrying coronavirus aid to Italy is false. Poland’s Foreign Ministry denied closing its airspace to Russian aid for Italy and reported it had received no request for access from the Russian military. Sputnik’s story was based on a tweet by Alexey Pushkov, Chairman of the Commission on Information Policy of the Federation Council. Pushkov’s tweet was later deleted and the Sputnik story and headline were changed.

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  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Country: Italy, Poland, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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The coronavirus outbreak is a magnificent example of global brainwashing

The wicked social control experiment using virus as the pretext for further enslavement is performing magnificently by implanting a sense of helplessness, dependence, and blind conformism. It should be noted that the favorable atmosphere enabling Them (whoever they are) to accomplish just that was contrived by the controlled and unscrupulous media in under a month of intense, coordinated, global brainwashing.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders. See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

The US ambassador was evacuated from Moldova

Diplomats from the US embassy in Moldova and the citizens of the United States were evacuated. More than that, the US Ambassador to Moldova, Dereck Hogan, went overseas on March 16, one day before the state of emergency was announced. Did he know anything?

Disproof

This is a false claim that capitalises on the coronavirus pandemic to spread a conspiracy theory about the US and specifically the US ambassador to Moldova. Spreading conspiracy theories about US in context of the coronavirus has emerged as a recurring theme in the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the outbreak. After speculation emerged that Ambassador Dereck J. Hogan was leaving the country, the US Embassy published the following statement on its Facebook page: "The United States Embassy in Chisinau continues to operate. Ambassador Dereck J. Hogan and the Embassy's American and Moldovan staff members remain in Chisinau, working to maintain the strong bilateral relationship the United States and Moldova have enjoyed for years."

Kyiv stops public transport, Nazis are patrolling the streets

Kyiv stopped public transportation except for essential personnel. The local authorities will involve organizations with a membership consisting almost exclusively of Nazis. These “activists” will check the travel permits of Ukrainian citizens, whether they use a mask and their IDs.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the involvement of Nazis in various layers of Ukrainian public life. In fact, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, said that during quarantine at least two National Police officers and one representative of the “Municipal Guard” would be present in all public transport. “Municipal Guard” was established in 2015 as a public organisation for law enforcement. The mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, noted that the creation of such a unit is “the first step towards the emergence of the municipal police in the Ukrainian capital.” It was not set up as a right-wing organisation; among its members are veterans who have returned from Donbas and want to help ensure the rule of law in Kyiv. Read similar case claiming that in Kyiv, during the quarantine, the far-right will check transport and documents of citizens.