Disinfo: The intoxication of Russian tourists in Georgia might be linked to Lugar Center


The intestinal infection, which hit Russian tourists in Georgia last summer, could have been developed in a laboratory. Shortly after this case, the Lugar Center, financed by the US, has been thrown into the center of a scandal. There are documents confirming that the laboratory conducted dangerous experiments including, possibly, on humans.


No evidence given about any possible link between the Lugar laboratory and the intoxication of Russian tourists.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the US creating biological weapons in the Lugar laboratory in Georgia.

Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar center is top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory of the Georgia’s public health system. www.ncdc.ge/en-US/LaboratoryNetworksAndBS

For background and earlier disinformation about "biological weapons targeting only Russians" click here.

Further debunking by The insider.


  • Reported in: Issue131
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Lugar Laboratory, Biological weapons


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The EU threatens to freeze the visa-free regime for Ukraine

The European Commission threatened to freeze the visa-free regime for Ukraine. In its report from 19 December 2018, it found a significant number of violations of the regime from the Ukrainian side. Europe is unhappy with the flood of illegal Ukrainian migrants. Therefore, Ukraine should significantly reduce the number of illegal immigrants crossing its borders if it wants the visa-free regime to be continued.

The European Union will soon become the only chance for the ordinary Ukrainian citizens to earn money, as the current Kiev authorities intend to abandon any communication/cooperation with the Russian Federation. Therefore, the visa-free regime freeze will make Ukrainians hostages in their own impoverished and hungry country.


The European Commission report  summarizes functioning of the so-called Visa Suspension Mechanism. It provides a detailed analysis of recent developments relating to the implementation of the visa liberalisation benchmarks in 26 countries, including Ukraine. In the report, the European Commission does not declare any plans to freeze or abolish the visa-free regime. Neither does it introduce conditions to be fulfilled by Ukraine for the continuation of the visa-free movement.

Further debunking by StopFake_PL.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a provocation, OSCE Secretary General says

Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, called the creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church a provocation of the Ukrainian state, aimed at deterioration of relations with Russia.


The source referred to by the disinforming outlet is Thomas Greminger's interview for the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. In the original text, Mr Greminger mentions numerous divisive issues between Russia and Ukraine, including the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He continues with examples of occupied Crimean peninsula, illegal 'elections' in the eastern Ukraine and the situation in Donbas, where he claims to have observed provocations from both sides.

Further debunking by StopFake.org.

Ukrainian citizens having Russian relatives to be declared “enemies of Ukraine”

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is fighting against the country’s own citizens. Everyone who has relatives with Russian citizenship will be declared “enemy of Ukraine” and punished immediately.

Poroshenko wants to sow discord between relatives and families. He uses this “anti-Russian hysteria” to win the upcoming presidential elections.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine allegedly forcing its citizens to reject their relatives with connections to Russia.

In fact, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that the Security Service of Ukraine will launch checks on officials whose relatives live in Crimea. Recently the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine opened a criminal case against the first deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine after the publication of a journalistic investigation. According to the local media, his family owes a $8 million house and most members of his family have Russian citizenship.