Disinfo: The Washington establishment attacked China with the coronavirus: Russia is the next target

Summary

The outbreak is exploited by the Washington establishment and its allies to increase pressure on the opponents of the US-dominated global order. China became the first target of the attack. Now, similar developments could be observed in Russia. Large Russian cities and even government bodies (like the foreign ministry) are being targeted by waves of fake news and artificial hysteria. Anti-government, Western-backed forces operating inside Russia will likely work to exploit the coronavirus narrative to destabilize the situation in the country;

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: China, Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Secret elites / global elites, Colour revolutions

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Disproof

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