Disinfo: Removal of Konev monument insults the Elbe Day and joint fight against coronavirus

Summary

In light of joint fight against the coronavirus outbreak many controversial issues in US-Russia relations retreat a little bit. Their cooperation in fighting coronavirus revives the spirit of the Elbe Day. The decision of Prague 6 district to remove the monument to Soviet marshal Ivan Konev goes contrary to this spirit. Moreover, the First Ukrainian Front, whose regiment met American troops on the Elbe River, was under Konev’s command. Therefore, the monument’s removal is an insult to the Elbe Day and the joint fight against coronavirus.

Disproof

This is another example of disinformation concerning the removal of Konev's monument in Prague. The speculation that this decision insults the Elbe Day and the joint fight against coronavirus is far-fetched and unreasonable, especially considering that the decision was made in September 2019, several months before the coronavirus outbreak.

The democratically elected municipal council of Prague 6 voted for the removal of the statue. Using the protocol of the Politbureau's assembly, Czech historians established that on 8-14 May 1968 Konev chaired the Soviet military delegation sent to Prague to prepare the military invasion of Czechoslovakia. Konev was also chief of the Soviet troops in East Germany during the Berlin wall crisis in 1961. In other words, the Red Army brought not only liberation but also the terror to Czechia, as the mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, reminded.

Kolář said that he respects the role of Konev-led forces in liberating Prague, and the sacrifice of Soviet armies liberating Europe from Nazism. "We will strive for an art competition for a memorial to the liberators of Prague at the end of World War Two instead of the marshal Konev statue," he said before the vote. "At the same time we will secure a dignified - and let me stress that, dignified - placement of this art piece (Konev) in a memorial institution. I think this is a consensual solution we have called for a number of years."

The monument to Marshall Konev was erected in 1980 during the "normalisation" period in communist Czechoslovakia. The leadership of Prague's Municipal District 6, which retains legal ownership of the statue, has voted to move the monument to a museum and replace it with a memorial commemorating Soviet sacrifices in the fight against Hitler in general, and the liberation of Prague in particular. More information available here.

See earlier disinformation cases concerning the Konev's statue which alleged that the purpose of removing the monuments is to provoke aggression towards Russia, that the removal is immoral and illegal, and that Prague committed a crime by removing the Konev monument.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Czech Republic, Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, WWII
  • Outlet: IA REX
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The end of “Chimerica” prevented morbid fantasies of Russophobes

The US and its allies speak about China’s responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic. There are no proofs of Chinese implication in the COVID-19 creation just as no proofs of Russia’s implication were in the Skripals’ case. Despite the absence of whatever proofs NATO countries organised a large anti-Russian campaign. Now the West is preparing a much more aggressive anti-Chinese campaign aimed to undermine China’s economy and geopolitical status. The US is abandoning a globalisation model which contributed to China’s economic development.

China is becoming the main adversary for the US and its NATO allies. A big confrontation between the EU and China can result in armed conflict. Russia is the main beneficiary of this development because the global order based on Chinese-American alliance (“Chimerica”) will no longer be possible. “Chimerica” could become the worst scenario for Russia, Russia would not be able to withstand “Chimerica.”

Under “Chimerica” Russia would have to become part of Western civilisation on American terms and would have to abandon its sovereignty. The most morbid thoughts and sadistic fantasies of Russophobes could become real. Russia would be deprived of nuclear arms, its territory would be reduced to the boundaries of the Moscow principality, it would give away its territories to Germany and Ukraine and would pay compensations for the so-called Soviet occupation to the Baltic states. Russia would also have to bring apologies for the victory over Hitler and to recognize the Red Army a criminal organisation. The Abrams tanks would run through the Red Square. In the absence of “Chimerica” Russia will be a third global power benefiting from US-China conflict.

Disproof

This is a recurrent conspiracy trope, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about Russophobia and the West's deliberate anti-Russian activities. It offers a variety of morbid speculations about negative consequences Russia could suffer in case of US-China global alliance, the so-called "Chimerica."

As for China's implication in the spread of coronavirus, at least four federal class-action lawsuits have been filed in the US against the Chinese government that aim to recover trillions of dollars in damages for what plaintiffs allege is China's failure to contain the coronavirus outbreak and notify the international community about its danger. Legal experts believe the chance of these actions leading to any actual recoveries is slim.

Some in the US want to prevent China from explaining its efforts to deliver aid against Covid-19

When Condoleezza Rice said that “we shouldn’t let China shift the narrative on what it did with Covid-19”, she was referring to the fact that Chinese authorities delivered humanitarian aid to the affected countries once they overcame the outbreak in their country. Rice is part of an administration that was planning a war with China for 2015.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the words of former US Secretary of State and Hoover Institution Fellow, Condoleezza Rice, who actually said, in an online interview with the site RealClear Politics: “[Chinese authorities] are going to try to shift the narrative from their initial responsibility for not fessing up to what was happening, to we got on top of it and this is how we helped the world. That's how they're going to shift the narrative. Don't let it happen”. As it is clear from the original interview, she wasn’t referring to obscuring China’s aid deliveries, as claimed, but to hiding China’s alleged initial mistakes in handling the pandemic and concealing its severity.

Allegations that the Bush Administration was planning a war with China for 2015 are conspiratorial thinking not backed up with any evidence. On the contrary, Sino-US relations experienced a sustained period of unprecedented stability during George W. Bush's presidency (2000-2008), leading to increasing economic and international cooperation. In 2001, President Bush signed a proclamation granting China permanent normal trading relations (PNTR status) with the United States. There is no reason to think that the US may have been secretly preparing for an armed conflict with Beijing.

Microsoft’s patent “666” involves microchipping people to monitor daily activity in exchange for cryptocurrency

Microsoft has recently patented an invention that involves inserting microchips into people’s bodies in order to monitor their daily physical activities in exchange for cryptocurrency. Bill Gates’s interests in the pharmaceutical industry, in vaccination and in World Health Organisation financing are constantly mentioned these days.

Why is the number assigned to the patent 060606? Is this just a coincidence or was the “number of the beast” in the Book of the Apocalypse deliberately chosen?

Although the globalist media attempts to portray Bill Gates as a great philanthropist and is trying to protect him from criticisms and attacks it is unlikely that they will be able to hide an entire network of connections. Right now new information about the coronavirus is emerging, and globalist media are trying to hide it by blaming China for the pandemic.

The implantation of microchips into people’s bodies is nothing new. One example is the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program in the US.

Disproof

The message contained in the article is consistent with the disinformation campaign that various pro-Kremlin outlets have recently been conducting against the Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates accusing him of having created the pandemic or of trying to exploit it for his own pecuniary interests.

Among these conspiracy theories is the allegation that Gates and other members of the “global élite” seek to exploit the pandemic to force mass vaccinations and inject microchips into people’s bodies in order to control every person on the planet.