Disinfo: The Chinese coronavirus is a US provocation

Summary

The deadly new coronavirus found in China is a US provocation. The Americans were afraid that they will not be able to overtake China economically.

Such provocations are not happening the first time, it happened before with the bird flu and British beef, which “someone did not like”.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

The conspiracy theory also repeats the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Lugar lab in Tbilisi, Georgia. See more here. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Biological weapons, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: RIA FAN, RIA Novosti
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Big Pharma profits from coronavirus panic

Who benefits from the panic around the new type of Corona virus? The situation is under control, and there is now cause for worrying. In the early 2000s, around 100 billion USD was spent to “contain the spread” of the SARS-Co virus. In 18 years, around 700 people have died from it – just as many who dies from a usual influenza. In this case, the big pharmaceutical companies could profit largely. Why this panic? The answer is the classical: “who benefits from it?”

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin media occasionally attempt to feed into narratives on the pharmaceutical industry, suggesting evil play behind vaccines, pharmaceutical research facilities etc.

Baltic States laugh at the memory of millions who perished in Holocaust

Instead of admitting their responsibility for the Holocaust the Baltic States continue to laugh at the memory of millions who perished. Now they glorify those who were responsible for the atrocities. The most hardened Nazis are now looking up from the depths of hell are looking at their Eastern “Reichs Komisariat” and smiling: their principles are still followed.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi/Fascist Baltic States. 

See previous disinformation cases alleging that the Baltic States glorify Fascism; and that the Baltic States follow the policies of the Third Reich. 

Without all-Russian civilization Ukraine lost its sovereignty, now Belarus is under risk

Ukrainian establishment’s denial that Ukraine is an integral part of all-Russian civilization resulted in the loss of Ukraine’s sovereignty. The so-called EU integration is promoted in Ukraine by people who personally benefit from it, even though such integration is based on fascism and impoverishment of the population.

Likewise, for Belarus, the Union State with Russia would mean the restoration of independence and sovereignty. In civilizational terms, Belarus is a western boundary of all-Russian civilization. Without Russia and Russian people, Belarus and Belarusians would have disappeared long ago, and Polish eastern boundaries would replace Belarus. The Eastern Partnership, various cooperation modes with NATO, etc. are not acceptable for Belarus because quasi- EU integration is based on geopolitical catastrophe and Western imperialism.

Disproof

This is an example of recurring pro-Kremlin propagandistic narratives about Belarus and Ukraine as an integral part of the Russian world, fascist and imperial West, Ukraine as a non-sovereign country, and the West's attempts to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations through the development of bilateral cooperation.

The publications puts forward a false dilemma about the direction of Belarus' and Ukraine's political development (union with Russia vs. unavoidable loss of sovereignty degradation) and promotes the concept of all-Russian civilisation, an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty. Belarus and Ukraine are well-defined nation-states with a long history, which preserved their languages, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.