Disinfo: There is no need for international organisations, WHO are criminals

Summary

International organisations are ineffective and do not solve any problems. In general, humanity has lived most of its history without international organisations. Today, WHO proves to be a criminal organisation that, in the best case, needs to be dissolved and, in the worst case, an international process should be organised against it. This is because they hid the situation in China for a long time and promoted this pandemic to such a scale with the help of the media, although in reality there is no pandemic.

Disproof

A pro-Kremlin narratives about WHO, COVID-19 and about the alleged uselessness of international organisations. One of the hosts of the TV show attempted to challenge the claim.

International organisations serve many diverse functions, including collecting information and monitoring trends (e.g. the World Meteorological Organization), delivering services and aid (e.g. the World Health Organization), and providing forums for bargaining (e.g. the European Union) and settling disputes (e.g. the World Trade Organization). By providing political institutions through which states can work together to achieve common objectives, international organisations can help to foster cooperative behaviour.

The claims that WHO created a pandemic are unfounded. A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, WHO's website says. On 11 March 2020, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 should be characterised as a pandemic. As of 14 July 2020, there are 12 929 306 cases of COVID-19 around the world, including 569 738 deaths.

According to WHO's latest timeline of its response to COVID-19, it was first alerted to the virus by its own office in China, not by the Chinese government. In the chronology updated on June 30, WHO said its China office picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from its website on cases of "viral pneumonia" on December 31 2019. It also indicated that Chinese officials did not provide related information to the WHO until January 3.

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  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, WHO, International Law

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Europe has always considered Ukraine an anti-Russian project

Europe has only ever considered Ukraine as an anti-Russian project.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Ukraine and Ukraine's statehood. It is a conspiracy theory without any evidence.

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The EU and the US support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

CIA occupies a whole floor at Security Service of Ukraine’s building

A good example is if you look at what happened in Ukraine. If we look at the presence of the CIA, in the framework as part of the staffing of the Security Service of Ukraine. They have a whole floor. Yes, they have a whole floor there.

Disproof

No evidence given. Such a claim on the CIA's floor at the SBU's building in Kyiv was made by the so-called DNR's figurehead Oleg Tsarev, reported by RIA Novosti in 2014, without any supportive evidence or further reporting. The narrative that Ukraine is under "external control" is recurrent. See other disinformation cases on the external rule of Ukraine, CIA's involvement in "a coup d'etat" and their debunking.

Latvian authorities blinded by Russophobia: there is no link between Dmitry Kiselyov and RT

Latvian National Media Council has confused two different legal entities: RT and Rossiya Segodnya MIA. Dmitri Kiselyov is the Managing Director of Rossiya Segodnya MIA. RT’s editor-in-chief is Margarita Simonyan, who is not subject to EU sanctions.

This decision is an indicator of the level of stupidity and ignorance of the Latvian authorities, blinded by Russophobia. We sincerely laughed at this announcement, the Latvian authorities are really shooting themselves in the foot. More seriously, this ban has no legal basis whatsoever, Latvia should resume broadcasting RT and apologise to our colleagues.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative against the Baltic states allegedly being Russophobic and acting irrationally against RT and Sputnik.

Latvia has banned the state-owned Russian television channel RT, saying it is controlled by an individual, Dmitriy Kiselyov, who is under EU sanctions. According to the Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), Latvia's national media watchdog, RT and the network of channels operated by it are under Kiselyov's "effective control".