DISINFO: Russia is being falsely accused of waging a disinformation campaign on coronavirus
  • Outlet: es.news-front.info (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 23, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Spanish
  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Russia
coronavirus Anti-Russian Conspiracy theory

DISINFO: Russia is being falsely accused of waging a disinformation campaign on coronavirus


China’s coronavirus is another page of the US playbook on “evil Russia.” After years of repeating the mantra of the “Russian interference”, White House officials are now claiming that Russia is trying to sow chaos digitally by blaming the US of the coronavirus outbreak. Russia’s Foreign Ministry denied US accusations, which seem a deliberate falsification.


Russia’s disinformation campaign on coronavirus has been well documented by both media and governments, and some of their elements were widely reported by Russian and international publications.

EUvsDisinfo database has more than 50 Kremlin-linked disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the Wuhan coronavirus, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.


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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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