Disinfo: The EU is disintegrating due to coronavirus

Summary

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the EU is in a state of collapse, it has no leadership, the situation is hard in the US too. The coronavirus outbreak is used by the states as a rehearsal for an economic downturn. Combined with corrections to stock markets and provocative actions by Saudi Arabia which resulted in a drop in oil prices, a deep downturn can soon begin. Transnational bankers and liberal elites have realised that the situation is critical and started attempts to shake it even more. They wish to remove Trump and Putin at any cost, and the reason is simple: in a total crisis when a state takes on management, it is impossible to rule through the banking system and finance as it was the case for the past decades.

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This message is the big conspiracy concept alleging that global finance elites have been ruling the world as real world government, mixed with a more recent narrative about the EU's helplessness in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Read our past analysis Why Authoritarians Love the Concept of the Big Conspiracy explaining why the idea of a Shadow World Government has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists.

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the coronavirus is a pretext for the Global Elites’ ambitions to reduce the world's population,and that coronavirus and economic crisis caught the EU by surprise because of its Russophobia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Conspiracy

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Neither doctors, nor food supplies in Lithuania

The coronavirus epidemic in Lithuania demonstrates with all clarity the results of the democratic reforms on the road to the “Bright European Future”. [—]

There are only five medical facilities in the country; in the largest cities: in Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys and Vilnius. In rural areas nothing is left, except for something like first aid stations.

If there are only a few hospitals, there are few doctors. This has become on of the largest challenges. Students from the last years of medical schools are summoned to fight the outbreak, but the shortage of specialist is disastrous.

The second problem, connected to the results of the “democratic reforms” is that the country does not have any strategic resources of food supplies.

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Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Lithuania as a failed state.

The 5 hospitals mentioned in the disinformation claim are not the only hospitals in the country. Rather these  are the largest hospitals that are designated to test and treat the COVID-19 patients. Lithuania has also established mobile points for testing patients for suspected cases of the coronavirus.

Swedish oligarchs impede the introduction of quarantine measures

Swedish oligarchs, in cahoots with the authorities, refused to introduce quarantine measures to avoid financial losses. [—] Sweden is not testing people with coronavirus symptoms. Thus, the real number of cases is impossible to establish.

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An unfounded coronavirus conspiracy theory

As of 23 March 2020, there were 1906 cases of confirmed coronavirus infections in Sweden, and 21 people there have died. The Swedish Public Health Authority's highest priority is to protect the public. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ exists in Sweden. 

There is not a single example of disinformation coming from Russian media

On March 16th 2020, the European External Action Service published a report namely accusing Russia of spreading disinformation, to lower the confidence of Western citizens in their state and public health system. The report did not include a single example of disinformation and was published for internal political goals. Since the EU and national state failed to address the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, Russia was used as a scapegoat to distract the attention of Europeans.

Russia is used as a scapegoat in the West for many issues such as elections, climate change, coronavirus….

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Recurring narrative from the Kremlin and editors of Russian state media claiming that the EEAS did not give any examples of disinformation. The cases the report referred to are listed in this very database, documenting the most common disinformation narratives and examples in many different languages by pro-Kremlin media: more than two hundred are on the coronavirus.

The EEAS did not publish a report accusing Russia of spreading disinformation on March 16th. However, some parts of an internal report were leaked to news agencies and were subsequently commented on by the Kremlin. The report itself included several examples of disinformation. A shorter version of the original report was published on March 19th on the EUvsDisinfo website. It summarises the trends of disinformation narratives about COVID-19 for different audiences. An update was published on April 1st.