Disinfo: The US might develop pathogen agents provoking dangerous diseases abroad including in the Lugar Lab located in Georgia


It cannot be excluded that laboratories around the world are used by the US to develop pathogen agents provoking dangerous diseases. Moreover, there are reports that the LUGAR centre in Georgia has recently been visited again by Pentagon officials who have offered the Georgian authorities to expand the areas of study.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the coronavirus pandemic and the Tbilisi-based Lugar Lab.

The 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 centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system. In no case this laboratory has been designed or redesigned to build biological weapons, though this is a trope in Russian media.

Read more about Lugar lab on Myth Detector.


  • Reported in: Issue 193
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: French, English, Russian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Lugar Laboratory, Biological weapons, Maria Zakharova


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