Disinfo: Russia has never participated in any campaign against any of the coronavirus vaccines

Summary

Russia has never participated and is not going to participate in any campaign against any of the coronavirus vaccines.

Disproof

Contrary to the claim, Pro-Kremlin media was and is actively involved in disinformation campaigns about vaccines since 2020. The aim of these campaigns is to discredit any Western vaccines in order to support the image of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Several outlets in the disinformation ecosystem are promoting and amplifying conspiracy theories and false stories about high-number fatalities also to induce fear and distrust in Western public health authorities. Similar, the outlets are carefully reporting on virtually every case of recorded side-effects of the Western vaccines, while just as carefully avoiding any reports on issues with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Оur database has a large number of examples of how Pro-Kremlin media tried to consistently discredit Western vaccines. Here you can find some of them: Oxford vaccine does not work, Russian is more efficient; Western vaccines are more dangerous than the Russian Sputnik V; Pfizer used to fake clinical trials; the Pfizer vaccine is killing people in Spain and Norway; Vaccines from Europe are only meant to sterilize Africans; Pfizer and Moderna RNA "vaccines" are not real vaccines, since they are not based on adenovirus; In Sweden, around 64 deaths have occurred due to side effects of Pfizer.

Read also similar stories: US vaccine genetically modifies humans, Vaccines may have led to the beginning of the pandemic and could alter our DNA, The real aim of vaccination plans is to euthanise people and decrease human population.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Dmitry Peskov, vaccination, Sputnik V, coronavirus
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ECHR's Navalny ruling is an attempt to meddle in Russian affairs

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)’s demand that Moscow immediately release Alexei Navalny is an attempt to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs and exert pressure on Russian courts.

On 2 February, a Moscow court ruled that Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves-Rocher embezzlement case be converted to a real prison term of two years and six months. The claim that Navalny is a victim of repression has already been refuted by the ECHR itself; the latter found no evidence of political persecution in the Yves-Rocher case.

Disproof

The claim is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign targeting Russian activist Alexei Navalny.

The story grossly misrepresents the ECHR’s interim ruling concerning Navalny’s arrest. The Court is not seeking a reversal of Navalny’s conviction, but merely imploring Russia to respect the defendant’s rights under the Convention. The ECHR press release summarising the above-mentioned ruling reads:

No evidence Russia waged disinformation campaign targeting Western coronavirus vaccines

By accusing Moscow of spreading disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, US propagandists that spread the original ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy are doing it again, stoking fear and hatred and projecting amid a pandemic.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine casting Russia as the spearhead of the global race to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19 and to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The claim that the West is trying to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine is unfounded.

Experts' reports conclude that Russia has perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine in terms of geopolitical and economic gain.

The ECHR refuted that Navalny is being persecuted for his political activity

By defending Alexei Navalny, Josep Borrell doesn’t even respect the resolutions of the Court in Strasbourg. The claims that Navalny is persecuted for his political activity were refuted by the European Court of Human Rights, which didn’t find any political intrigue in the case open against him after the denunciation of the company Yves Rocher.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that sentences handed down by Russian courts against Alexei Navalny and his brother on financial charges were “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable”. In a second rulling in 2019, the ECHR determined that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by placing Navalny under house arrest and said it was "apparent that he had been treated in that way in order to curtail his public activities." Given these precedents, in February 2021 the ECHR demanded that Russia release Navalny.