Disinfo: The "operation COVID-19" should have led to the overthrow of three world leaders

Summary

In general, if we talk about the operation COVID-19 as complex, in addition to destabilising the world, it should have led to the overthrow of three world leaders: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. That is, it is a game against the triumvirate, against three specific political regimes. The communication between these three leaders should gradually lead to a “new Yalta” – modelled on the Yalta Conference in February 1945.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory concerning the coronavirus outbreak as a pretext to resist the new world order. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling global development. This is one of the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about a "Deep state" or Shadow Government of all-powerful groups ruling the world and controlling leaders. No evidence is provided to support the claim. The COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, it did not exclusively affect Russia, the United States or China. More information about coronavirus disease can be found on the dedicated page of the World Health Organization. Read here a similar case, claiming that ”Western-backed” anti-government forces use coronavirus crisis to destabilise Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 193
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China, US, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Deep state, New World Order, Donald Trump, Conspiracy theory, Vladimir Putin
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In Ukraine, there is anti-human propaganda against Russians

Anti-human propaganda in Ukraine starts from early childhood. The same was done in Nazi Germany when people were set against Jews, Gypsies, and Slavs. Russians are not human for the Ukrainians. They consider themselves to be some kind of representatives of the Western civilization, although, in fact, their place in Western civilization has long been determined: 100 years ago they were janitors, maids, and handymen. Their occupations in the West remained the same.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing Ukraine of spreading Russophobia. Ukraine is not a fascist, Russophobic country as often claimed by the Kremlin media. Ukraine does not follow any anti-Russian agenda. It has reacted to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the armed aggression in East Ukraine. According to polls in September and December 2019, a majority of Ukrainians are positive towards Russia and Russians. See similar disinformation claims: Ukraine is a Russophobic state that refuses to celebrate Victory day; the hatred of Russian is the meaning of Ukrainian's existence; Ukraine is a Russophobic, Nazi state, controlled by the US.

Russian aid played key role in slowing spread of COVID-19 in Italy

At the height of the epidemic, when Italy was abandoned by its “partners” in the European Union, Russia volunteered to help the republic. As soon as possible, military doctors, medical and nursing teams, as well as equipment for diagnosis and disinfection, were transferred to the Apennine Peninsula. Despite Western attempts to discredit Russian aid, it was it that allowed Italy to overcome the peak in the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the EU response to the coronavirus pandemic. The EU did not "abandon" Italy. The bloc is supporting the Member States in addressing the crisis, and mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector. Individual EU members have also provided assistance to Italy specifically, including access to a hundred intensive care beds (Austria and Germany), 500 mobile medical units (Greece), 2.5 million masks (Austria and France), 30,000 protective suits (Czechia and France), 300 ventilators (Germany), as well as 50 medical personnel (Poland, Romania, and non-member Norway). Meanwhile, Russia's military presence in Italy has had little measurable effect on the spread of the pandemic. According to Sputnik, Russian personnel in Italy began treating patients on 6 April. By 12 April, four patients under their medical care had recovered. In total, there were 12,396 recoveries in Italy between 6 and 12 April. The uncredited photo attached to the article has nothing to do with Russian aid to Italy. It shows a public utilities worker disinfecting St Mark's Square in Venice.

Konev monument will never be safe as long Czechia follows the geopolitical course of the USA

As long as Czech Republic follows the geopolitical course of the United States, the monument to Marshal Konev will never be safe in this country. There will always appear some opportunists who will try to satisfy the Americans even more. The replacement of the Monument to Konev is a signal that the Russophobic circles of Czechia have become more active.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative about the statue of Marshall Konev in Prague, seeking to obfuscate the statue's legal status and the grounds for its removal. It is also consistent with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and the supposedly anti-Russian intentions of the West. In the dispute over the statue, Russia has argued that under the Czech-Russian mutual agreement of 1993, Czechia is obliged to leave the statue in place on Prague's Interbrigade Square. However, this is an intentionally false and misleading interpretation of the terms of the agreement (full text available here). The monument is municipal property, belonging to city district Prague 6, and the 1993 agreement therefore does not apply to this case. The statue of Konev, erected in 1980, is not a military grave or memorial and therefore it was not protected by international treaties. The democratically elected municipal council of Prague 6 voted for the removal of the statue. Using the protocol of the Politbureau's assembly, Czech historians established that on 8-14 May 1968 Konev chaired the Soviet military delegation sent to Prague to prepare the military invasion of Czechoslovakia. Konev was also chief of the Soviet troops in East Germany during the Berlin wall crisis in 1961. In other words, the Red Army brought not only liberation, but also terror to Czech Republic, as the mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, reminded. Kolář said that he respects the role of Konev-led forces in liberating Prague, and the sacrifice of Soviet armies liberating Europe from Nazism. "We will strive for an art competition for a memorial to the liberators of Prague at the end of World War Two instead of the marshal Konev statue," he said before the vote. "At the same time we will secure a dignified - and let me stress that, dignified - placement of this art piece (Konev) in a memorial institution. I think this is a consensual solution we have called for a number of years.". The removal of the statue was planned for April 2020 in advance and is not due to coronavirus quarantine. The monument to Marshall Konev was erected in 1980 during the "normalisation" period in communist Czechoslovakia. The leadership of Prague's Municipal District 6, which retains legal ownership of the statue, has voted to move the monument to a museum and replace it with a memorial commemorating Soviet sacrifices in the fight against Hitler in general, and the liberation of Prague in particular. More information available here.