Disinfo: Sputnik V will neutralise the Omicron variant without needing a modification


Sputnik V will neutralise the latest Omicron COVID variant and has started the necessary studies. In the unlikely case that a modification of the vaccine is required, the new version of Sputnik Omicron can be ready for long scale production in 45 days.


This disinformation story was published on 29 November, only 5 days after the Omicron variant was first detected and reported in South Africa on 24 November 2021. Although a number of laboratory studies on this variant are already underway around the globe, even scientists with early access to it, such as South African virologist teams at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg or developers of anti-Covid vaccines such as BioNTech, can’t expect to have reliable data sooner than in two weeks. Therefore, the affirmations made in these articles are unverifiable at this point and can only be considered as part of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign that has surrounded the Sputnik V since the beginning. See also our reports detailing the use of disinformation and COVID-19 here.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that G20 countries recognised Sputnik V as the best drug for coronavirus prevention, that Sputnik V is already available for more than half of the world’s population, that the West is waging a targeted campaign against Sputnik V, or that or that EU’s decision not to purchase Sputnik V is questionable since other vaccines may be dangerous.


  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Sputnik V
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Disinfo: Donetsk and Luhansk were attacked by Kyiv after opposing the coup

In April of 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the residents of the unilaterally declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, as an expression of their opposition to the coup that took place in Ukraine in February of the same year.


Recurring disinformation message about war in Ukraine and Euromaidan protests.

The war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces and is not an internal conflict. The involvement of Russian personnel and equipment in the creation of the DPR and LPR has been well documented already for years. The destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea has been condemned by the Council of the European Union and led to restrictive measures since 2014.

Disinfo: Biden is least popular US president since WWII

Amid record-high inflation and prices, few Americans are impressed with President Joe Biden's performance so far. In fact, his current approval rating makes him the least popular US president since WWII.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning current US President Joe Biden.

The segment does not cite any specific sources to back its allegation of Biden's unpopularity among Americans. However, even a cursory glance at historical approval numbers of US presidents shows that the current American leader is far from being the least popular since WWII.

Disinfo: Campaign against Russia is a distraction from Ukraine’s military operation in Donbas

The ongoing campaign against Russia may be used to distract from a possible military operation of Ukraine in Donbas. The accusations against Russia about potential aggression against Ukraine may serve as a smokescreen to hide Kyiv’s plans to solve by force the problem of the self-proclaimed Popular Republics in the east of the country.


This is part of a current disinformation campaign aiming to deflect attention away from Russia’s military buildup on its border with Ukraine since late October 2021 by accusing Ukraine of “preparing an aggression”, a frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Contrary to the claim, reports and expressions of concern on military preparations and mobilisation of Russian troops is not a “campaign against Russia”, but a fact confirmed by satellite images and intelligence of the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that under external control, Ukraine is doomed to escalate the conflict in Donbas, that NATO will help Ukraine to kill more people, that after the 2014 coup Ukraine committed genocide in Donbas, or that violations by the Ukrainian army in Donbas are secret and nobody investigates them.