Disinfo: The global elites want to reduce the excessive numbers of useless eaters

Summary

The dark intimations that in “elite” circles there may be an intense interest in reducing the excessive number of useless eaters to a smaller and more docile cohort of helot-like servants are not without empirical basis.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Secret elites / global elites

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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There is a secret American biological laboratory in Moldova

There is a secret American biological laboratory in Moldova. This lab is working on the development of infectious disease strains. This is the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) which works in Moldova in collaboration with the local Academy of Sciences. The threat is more than significant, given the global COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus itself could be created by humans and used as a biological weapon.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the coronavirus pandemic. There is no laboratory in the Republic of Moldova that prepares biological weapons.

This claim has already been debunked in the past. Thus, the Ministry of Defence from Moldova stated last year to Stopfals.md that “the Republic of Moldova does not produce/ test any biological weapons/ viruses and does not in any way support any state, group of states or international organisations to manufacture or acquire any of the above-mentioned agencies/toxins."

Coronavirus could have been created in a Ukrainian laboratory

While the world community is trying to find the origins of coronavirus, fifteen American biological laboratories are functioning in Ukraine, their work is supervised by the CIA officers. Therefore, we do not exclude that coronavirus infection “Covid-19” could have been developed in one of the biological laboratories in Ukraine.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about secret labs in Russia's neighborhood.

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. The medical Journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections” specifically said there is “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering”.

There is no Russian disinformation campaign on coronavirus, despite EU claims

The job of EU’s European Sratcom Task Force is to dig on the internet to find something, no matter how small and insignificant, that can be presented as an example of the Russian disinformation through which Russia allegedly intends to destroy Europe. After analysing their report on an alleged Russian disinformation campaign on coronavirus, it’s clear that they had to resort to sites as “relevant” as izborsk.md, rubaltic.ru or tsargrad.tv. If we check those sites on SimilarWeb, we see that they reach positions as “influential” as 274,238 for New Eastern Outlook, 179,731 for Geopolitica.ru or 31,524 for Southfront.org. They only could find barely known sites written in languages as extended in the EU as Armenian, Belarusian or Latvian. And while they admit that there are conspiracy theories and colourful opinions in many countries and on a site hosted in Canada about say aliens pulling the strings at the UN – a project of a hermit with an internet connection – a similar site hosted in Russia is part of a massive governmental disinformation campaign. ESTF proved once again that their goal is not to clean the information space from fake news, but of news coming from Russia.

Disproof

The YouTube clip deliberately distorts the content of the ESTF report on a Kremlin-led disinformation campaign on coronavirus to portray it as biased and irrelevant. The presenter opts to ignore that many of the articles described in the report and hosted on the EUvsDisinfo database appeared in highly influential outlets like RT English (ranked in position 311 in SimilarWeb) or the different versions of Sputnik. Contrary to the claim, the database also features dozens of disinformation articles in widely spoken languages in the EU like English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Czech, Bulgarian or Arabic. All the disinformation cases exposed in both the ESTF report and database were published or broadcasted in outlets linked directly or indirectly to the Russian state.

The Kremlin's ongoing disinformation campaign around the coronavirus has been well documented by both media and governments, and some of its elements were widely reported by Russian and international publications and by the European External Action Service.