Disinfo: Western vaccine manufacturers rely on experimental and untested technologies, which delay efforts to combat coronavirus


Western vaccine manufacturers rely on experimental, little-studied and untested over the long-term technologies in the development of the coronavirus vaccine. This leads to obstacles during their clinical trials, which delays the introduction of drugs in public circulation and negatively affects the efforts to combat the coronavirus.


This narrative is part of the on-going pro-Kremlin disinformation on coronavirus aiming to promote the Sputnik V vaccine and present Russia as a 'leader in the COVID-19 management'. The claim implies that the West relies on "experimental technologies", while Sputnik V uses live human adenovirus, which has been proven safe over decades of studies. This assertion is false since WHO's database registers at least 11 other vaccines that use similar technology. Moreover, the potential effectiveness of human adenovirus-based vaccines remains a matter of debate. Companies developing the vaccine in the West adhere to standard testing procedure, which usually involves years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but scientists are now aiming to produce a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine by next year. On the other hand, there is credible evidence that the Russian government pressed Russian scientists and researchers to be the first to find a vaccine against Covid-19, and did everything at hand to shorten the process, raising concerns about the safety and efficiency of the Sputnik V vaccine. For further debunking, check Polygraph. Read similar cases claiming that ugly commercial interests are behind the criticism of the Russian vaccine, that Russian progress in COVID-19 vaccine has become for the West an outrageous challenge and that the West lost another round in fight against the pandemic.


  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, vaccination, West, Russian superiority


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Trial on Khangoshvili’s murder is staged

In Berlin, a certain political decision was made regarding the verdict that will be passed by a German court regarding the Russian citizen Sokolov, who is accused of the 2019 murder of Shamil Basayev’s associate, one of the terrorist leaders in the North Caucasus, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. All roles in this staging process are pre-assigned. There is no doubt that as a result of the beginning of the court hearings, the blame for the fatal attack on Khangoshvili – a man who made many blood enemies during his criminal career, including in the criminal world of different countries – will be attributed, as already stated in the press, to Russian state structures.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Khangoshvili's murder. As was announced by the Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor (Generalbundesanwaltschaft, GBA): A defendant in the murder case received an order from the Russian authorities, at an unspecified point in time before July 18, 2019. The Central government of the Russian Federation commissioned the defendant to liquidate Tornike K. [name of Khangoshvili after he received asylum in Germany], a Georgian national of Chechen descent." A months-long investigation by Bellingcat and its partners, The Insider and Der Spiegel, has pointed to that the assassination of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin was planned and organised by Russia’s FSB security agency. At the trail, Vadim Krasikov, alias Vadim Sokolov (the prosecutors quote both identities of the defendants, saying that his passport on the name of Vadim Sokolov contained no biometric data and in reality his name is Krasikov) has three lawyers. The court scheduled 24 sessions until January 27. During the first sessions, the first eyewitnesses of the murder perpetrated in the centre of Berlin during daylight, were heard. In Germany, the courts and administrators of justice follow the rule of law. The recurring pro-Kremlin narrative has not addressed the accusation in detail, nor the question of the two identities of the suspect. Instead, the pro-Kremlin's narrative consists of claims that there is no proof behind accusations made against Russia and that the West blames Russia unfairly. Consistent with the narrative on Russophobia.

Contemporary liberalism is totalitarian and non-liberals are enemies to be killed and destroyed

Karl Popper – George Soros’s mentor – viewed anybody who is not a liberal as an enemy of the open society. It is increasingly clear that today’s liberalism is becoming totalitarian. Through de-platforming and “cancelling culture” globalists censor alternative thinkers. Anyone who is not a liberal is viewed by contemporary liberalism as an enemy of the open society who must be killed and destroyed. Liberal totalitarianism, similarly to other totalitarian regimes, is based on a culture of destruction of the enemy. In liberal totalitarianism non-liberals are labelled “ fascists”, “Stalinists”, “terrorists”, “extremists” and are considered enemies that should be exterminated and destroyed.


Conspiracy theory. The message in this video is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberal democracies by claiming that liberal societies are totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments”. This narrative portrays the liberal societies of the West as ideological dictatorships that have imposed a dominant “liberal globalist “ ideology and claims that “the elites” and mainstream media in these societies persecute anyone who expresses views that dissent from dominant “politically correct” liberal-globalist thinking. This video suggests that in Western liberal societies, dissidents are not only silenced and persecuted but are physically exterminated. Furthermore, this narrative misinterprets the concept of "the Paradox of Tolerance" of Karl Popper. With this idea, Popper wanted to express that it seems a contradiction that a tolerant society is intolerant against intolerance. But according to Popper it is not. This does not means he defends liberalism as a political movement, but the right to suppress intolerance if necessary. Equating the West’s liberal societies to totalitarian regimes based on terror and repression of dissent - such as Nazism and Communism - is an obvious falsification of reality. Liberalism is a political doctrine based on liberty, consent of the governed, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), and equality before the law. Liberal societies do not suppress alternative points of view but are based on pluralism, a political philosophy which recognises and affirms diversity within a political body, and which permits the peaceful coexistence of different interests, worldviews, convictions, and lifestyles. Read similar cases claiming that the West’s open societies are totalitarian dictatorships masked as democracies and they are “modern” and “liberal” concentration camps and that in Western societies anyone who dissents from dominant liberal ideology is subject to persecution.

US is stirring up conflicts around Russia aiming to achieve destabilisation in the post-Soviet space

The US media quite lightheartedly disclose that the US is aiming to achieve destabilisation in the post-Soviet space and indicate why they are doing it: since Russia dares reclaim the status of a global player and meddles in the world’s agenda, it will get punished by a ring of fire around the post-Soviet space. There are always smouldering internal conflicts and what [the US] is doing is stirring them up, no wonder they all went up in one go and are so similar.


Conspiracy theory, based on a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US presence in Europe and colour revolutions. There is no evidence that the US is trying to destabilise Russia. The US State Department informs that "the United States would like to move beyond the current low level of trust with Russia, stabilise our relationship, and cooperate where possible and when it is in the core U.S. national security interest to do so. [...] The long-term goal of the United States is to see Russia become a constructive stakeholder in the global community." Pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives frequently claim that popular protests around the world are allegedly incited, and funded, by the US and other Western states, including colour revolutions in post-Soviet states, the “Arab Spring” revolts, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia and others. This narrative claims that protests, disorders, and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are “colour revolutions” directed and funded by the West. See similar cases claiming that Ukraine is stirring up revolutions in Belarus and Russia under the control of RAND corporation, that Belarus is under attack by the unilateral globalist world to indirectly destabilise Vladimir Putin, or that the West's attack against Belarus is also an attack against Russia.