Disinfo: The coronavirus pandemic is a turning point in history: world order is falling

Summary

The world coronavirus pandemic is a turning point in world history. Not only are stock indices and oil prices collapsing, the world order itself is falling. We are living in the period of the end of liberalism and its “obviousness” as global meta-narrative, the end of its measures and standards. Human societies will soon become free floating: no more dogmas, no more dollar-imperialism, no more free market spells, no more Fed dictatorship or global stock exchanges, no more subservience to the world media elite. Each pole will build its future on its own civilizational foundations. It is obviously impossible to say what this will look like or what it will lead to. However, it is already clear that the old world order is becoming a thing of the past, and quite distinct contours of a new reality are emerging before us.

What neither ideologies, nor wars, nor fierce economic battles, nor terror, nor religious movements have been able to do, has been accomplished by an invisible, yet deadly virus. It brought with it death, pain, horror, panic, sorrow… but also the future.

Disproof

The COVID-19 outbreak is a serious challenge to many countries, but there is no foundation for the claim that it will lead to a new world order.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus. 

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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Americans were ill with coronavirus in September 2019 and hid it

There was a case in September 2019 when a group of Japanese went to Hawaii. They returned home infected [with the coronavirus]. They have never been to China.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, presented without sources or evidence. This is one of many pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the coronavirus.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon and there is no proof that it would have been artificially created. This coronavirus comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in 150 countries, territories and areas by 16th of March 2020.

Crimea regained its Russian identity at the will of its population

The Crimean dependency was transferred from Russia to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in the early fifties. In 2014, Crimea regained its Russian identity at the will of 96.77 percent of its population.

Disproof

This is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the illegal annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum and that Crimea has never belonged to Ukraine.

While it is true that the transfer of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine was first officially agreed on 25 January 1954 at a meeting of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee, the members of the Presidium, voting for the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, took into account objective reasons: “the commonality of the economy, territorial proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR.”