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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Disproof

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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. Read similar cases: "US might develop pathogen agents provoking dangerous diseases abroad including in the Lugar Lab located in Georgia", "US Department of Defence has a secret biological laboratory in Georgia".  

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

Disproof

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