Disinfo: There are reasons to suspect that coronavirus is a US biological weapon

Summary

There are more than enough reasons for suspicions that the coronavirus is a US biological weapon. The time and place are too well-chosen to be a coincidence.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons.

The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

There are numerous similar disinformation cases about coronavirus claiming that this virus is a US provocation against China, Coronavirus is a tool to weaken the Chinese economy, Coronavirus is an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China.

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  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/03/2020
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Biological weapons
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Previous Russian Constitution was dictated by the US, the new one will be based on Russian fundamental values

For the first time, Russians vote for the Constitution, of which we are not ashamed. We were ashamed of the previous Constitution. It was colonial, it was established by our friends overseas. Even two terms of the president and the title of the head of the State were copied from them. A lot of things were written off from them. Now we have fundamental things that are crucial for us: historical memory, the family as the union of a man and a woman, the mention of God, which was transmitted to us by our ancestors, a State-forming nation that gave us the Russian language.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation targeting the US as an imperialistic and colonial power imposing its dictates over Russia's internal policies.

The background of the message is the current constitutional reform Russia is going through.

The Polish authorities destroy the burial places of the Soviet soldiers

The Polish authorities destroy the burial places of Soviet soldiers in order to make history more “comfortable”.

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A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

In 2017, Poland introduced new laws to ban totalitarian propaganda. According to this Law, up to 230 Soviet monuments may be replaced, a decision to be made by Polish local authorities. The Polish MFA underlines that Red Army burial places and cemeteries situated in Poland will be carefully protected. The law states that it is only possible to dismantle and remove symbolic monuments to the Red Army.

Polish President refused to take part in the World Holocaust Forum to not be reminded about role of the Red Army

The Polish President refused to take part in the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem as he did not want to be reminded about how the Red Army liberated Auschwitz.

Disproof

This message is part of the ongoing Russian disinformation campaign against Poland, which includes several false messages (such as alleged responsibility of Poland for WWII and the Holocaust).

Polish President Andrzej Duda announced his decision not to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem due to the fact that Poland was not allowed to give an address at the event. The Polish President also expressed concern about Russian President Vladimir Putin's accusations that Poland was complicit in the outbreak of World War II.