Disinfo: EU claims about a Russian coronavirus disinformation campaign are Russophobia


The EU’s claims that Russian media are conducting a disinformation campaign regarding the coronavirus are an expression of the the West’s Russophobia.  The West’s Russophobic obsession is continuing even now in times of the pandemic.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying that Russian media has  been involved in spreading disinformation about the coronavirus.

This narrative is consistent  with the propaganda theme that seeks to discredit any critical views of Russian foreign or domestic policies as  “Russophobia”.  By labelling them “Russophobia” pro-Kremlin outlets degrade  such views as irrational and not worthy of a serious reply.

Russia’s disinformation campaign on coronavirus has been well documented by both media and governments, and some of their elements were widely reported by Russian and international publications.

The EUvsDisinfo database has more than 200 Kremlin-linked disinformation cases related to the coronavirus pandemic (since January 22).

Such cases include, for example, claims  that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the Wuhan coronavirus, that it is a UKUS or NATO creation and Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

Read previous cases claiming that the EU is not publishing the coronavirus disinformation case it accuses Russia of spreading that Russia is being falsely accused of waging  a disinformation campaign on coronavirus, and that mainstream media ignores the fake news campaign against Russia


  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, European Union, The Guardian, Russophobia, The West


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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The Bundestag called for lifting Russian sanctions to combat COVID-19

Germany called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. It was noted that in difficult times, countries should help each other, and the current crisis will hurt the economy of the entire European Union. Removing restrictions from the Russian Federation could stimulate the growth of trade in the EU.


The recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that sanctions against Russia are senseless and ineffective. It's also one of the narratives about COVID-19.

Claim refers to positions of two members of Bundestag, presented as the position of the whole German parliament.

Coronavirus mutation may be due to 5G networks

Regarding the coronavirus mutation, sources say that the effect of radiation is being intensively investigated and should not be overlooked, just like another phenomenon, which is the effect of 5G networks. There are also studies that talk about the effects of cosmic radiation on mutations in other viruses.


This is part of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the coronavirus.

There is no scientific evidence about any kind of link between 5G and the coronavirus, The UK government has urged the social media platforms to take more swift action to stem the proliferation of such type of conspiracy theories. Neither is there any scientific evidence of a link between cosmic radiation and the coronavirus.

Ukraine is now a colony of the IMF and George Soros

The IMF, with Comrade Soros and his group, are operating this channel of external control. The fact that they [Ukraine] agreed to a deal with them on the land [reform] and everything else […] is a very obvious illustration of colonial administration [being established].


Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine is controlled by the IMF and people like George Soros. The other part of the disinformation is about the law on the land market, which has recently been adopted by the Verkhovna Rada.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government; it is not controlled by the IMF or George Soros. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. You can find several disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control.