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

Summary

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.

Disproof

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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  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, Conspiracy theory
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George Soros infiltrated and controls the ECHR

George Soros through his philanthropic organisation “the Open Society Foundation (OSF)” controls many Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the people who work for them. Many judges of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), since they had ties at some point with one of the NGOs financed by the OSF, are controlled by George Soros and support a perverted interpretation of Human Rights to destabilise European values.

Disproof

The recurrent narrative about the influence of Georges Soros through his financing of NGOs supporting Human Rights (see our article the All-Powerful Mr Soros). The fact that some lawyers worked at some point in their career for an NGO that received funds from the Open Society Foundation before becoming a judge for the ECHR is not sufficient to declare a potential conflict of interest. The recruitment process for judges to the ECHR is as follows; each member state of the Council of Europe proposes three candidates, from whom one is elected for a 9 years non-renewable mandate. This ensures the diversity of the court. Georges Soros is regularly accused by Russian backed media of controlling institutions, governments, the Ukrainian President, the Pope, European Commission and European central bank, or on the contrary, aiming to destabilise the European Union or wanting some governments to collapse.

Hague court sides with Russia on Crimea's legal status

The decision by the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration takes into consideration that Ukraine’s maritime lawsuit against Russia is an attempt to prove Kyiv’s nonexistent sovereignty over the Crimean Peninsula.

The Russian Federation is satisfied [by the fact] that the adopted decision takes into account Russia’s key argument that there is an attempt to prove Ukraine’s nonexistent sovereignty over Crimea behind this lawsuit.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Crimea.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) could not and did not support Russia's "argument" regarding Crimea or, for that matter, any other argument concerning dry land. Given that the case was commenced under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, any disputes over land territory will automatically fall outside the scope of these proceedings, as confirmed by an earlier PCA ruling (p. 1, para 5).

The Lanzarote Convention is about defiling children

The Lanzarote Convention is about defiling children. The title of the convention is a veil. In reality, this is about defiling. Only a paedophile can write such a thing. A tolerance to perversions will be imposed on our children.

Disproof

The disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western moral decay, as well as about imposing on countries international conventions and laws that destroy the moral foundations of traditional societies.

The Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as “the Lanzarote Convention”, requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe and beyond shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators.