Disinfo: There is no reason to speak of a second wave of coronavirus in Russia

Summary

There is no reason to speak about Russia’s exposure to a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, knowing that there are areas where the first wave has not yet reached.

Disproof

Just like many countries in Europe and around the world, Russia is currently witnessing a peak in numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. On the 28th of October, which is the day the article was published and the claim was made, Russia was registering 346 deaths and 16202 cases a day. These are much higher rates than the first outbreak in the spring when cases peaked at 11656 cases a day on the 11th of May and 232 deaths on the 29th of May, before the numbers significantly dropped during the summer months of June, July and August.

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Britain supports the Muslim Brotherhood

The British government has historically supported the Muslim Brotherhood and now provides a safe haven for many of its leaders and uses them to pressure some governments.

The terrorism will not stop as long as Britain is carrying out these actions. Britain must now be firmer, as the United States was, or as Russia did in Chechnya and the Caucasus.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western countries being supportive of terrorist groups. The claim that the UK has historically supported the Muslim Brotherhood is completely baseless. In 2015, the UK government published a review of the Muslim Brotherhood' activities, and the findings were far from indicating any support for the group.

Some of the findings of the report include that "senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood routinely use virulent, anti-Semitic language", and that although they have engaged politically where possible, "they have also selectively used violence and sometimes terror in pursuit of their institutional goals".

Zelenskyy militarises Ukraine in the interests of Western countries

An all-Ukrainian poll initiated by the president, conducted on election day, included the question “Do you support Ukraine’s right to use the security guarantees defined by the Budapest Memorandum to restore its state sovereignty and territorial integrity?”

A positive answer to the question can legitimise the deepening of military cooperation between Ukraine and the West, the presence of foreign troops, including NATO troops, on its territory, and even the deployment of foreign military bases on a permanent basis.

Ukraine has agreed to the creation of a British military base in the Mykolaiv region.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and its relations with The West.

According to the Ukrainian president's office, on the day of the local elections, 25 October, Ukrainians were asked five questions on various issues. This poll, unlike a referendum, will not have direct legal consequences but will give every citizen an opportunity to comment on issues important to society.