Disinfo: The system of Western values has collapsed

Summary

The fight against the coronavirus is not over, but it has become obvious that the Western human-centric system of values has collapsed. Nothing is heard anymore about the LGBT rights. What is now going to happen to toilets for the third gender, that was so loudly discussed in Germany? Where are the demands to organise gay parades? And news about the Western stars changing the gender of their children? Nothing is heard anymore about the German invitation for refugees, and any politician who will return to this topic, will become a political corpse.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Western values, portraying them in the context of moral decline.

While the European Union is focused on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains committed it its values, including human dignity.

The European Commission has also issued guidance on the implementation of relevant EU rules on asylum and return procedures and on resettlement in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, for the EU members states, to ensure the continuity of procedures and the respect of basic rights.

This disinformation message appeared in the same TV broadcast as the claim that the West have disposed of Ukraine like trash.

See related examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation, alleging that the global liberal world order has collapsed; that EU and US put profit before health; that coronavirus was sent by God to punish homosexuals and environmentalists. 

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  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Western values
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Coronavirus was created by Americans in Ukrainian laboratories

Coronavirus can be explained by the fact that in Ukraine there are 15 biological laboratories funded by America. Covid-19 could have been developed in one of the biological laboratories in Ukraine!

Disproof

Another conspiracy theory about the emergence of coronavirus in the world.

Currently, the source of the new strain of coronavirus is still unknown, however, all available evidence suggests that this type of virus has a natural animal origin and is not a constructed virus. It has not been developed in any of the world's laboratories.

Dangerous experiments were carried out on people in Lugar Lab in Georgia

As you know, in Georgia, in the laboratory of Senator Richard Lugar in the suburbs of Tbilisi, the US Army Department of Medical Research is deployed. The documents submitted by the ex-Minister of State Security of Georgia Igor Giorgadze confirmed that dangerous experiments were carried out on living people in the laboratory.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Americans experimented on people in Georgia, with no evidence given.

The U.S Embassy in Georgia officially addressed the conspiracy theories behind the Richard Lugar Centre as "nonsense and typical of Russian misinformation and propaganda campaigns." The Richard Lugar Centre for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system. Under no circumstances has this laboratory been designed or redesigned to build biological weapons.

Serbia left out of EU aid package

The European Union is sending aid to the [Western Balkan] region, but not to Serbia.

Disproof

While it is factually correct that Serbia will not benefit from the Macro financial assistance package to ten neighbouring countries to the EU due to its own decisions, the title gives the impression that the EU deliberately left Serbia out of the aid package. The package, worth € 3 billion, was adopted by the Commission on 22 April. More details can be found here. It also omits that Serbia already benefited from EU assistance (worth €15) with immediate support to the Western Balkans to cope with the pandemic, which was announced on 30 March.

The fact is that one of the criteria for inclusion of countries in the  aid package of 22 April was whether a country had asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for emergency liquidity assistance, for example in the form of a Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI). The Commission had made Serbia aware of the possibility to receive macro financial assistance under the condition of an IMF-RFI being in place. The Serbian authorities did not see a need for external financial assistance, and consequently for the EU’s micro financial assistance. While the body of the Sputnik Serbia article contains the accurate reasoning, the title is clearly misleading - and importantly, as research shows, many readers do not read beyond headlines.