Disinfo: Ukrainian Information and psychological operations groups aim to discredit the Russian vaccine

Summary

Ukrainian Information and psychological operations groups are the main executors in cyber operations by Great Britain. They know the Russian language, the fakes they spread will look like reliable information for the western resident. “Vaccine stuffing” is already being dispersed over the internet. The goal is to discredit the Russian vaccine and convince the population that the Western one is safe.

Disproof

This is part of a disinformation campaign launched after approval of the Sputnik V vaccine was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country.

No evidence is provided to support the claim that some "Ukrainian Information and psychological operations groups" work for Great Britain in order to discredit Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that Western attacks on the Russian coronavirus vaccine are a corporate Cold War against humanity; that the UK launched a smear campaign against it; that the US and the EU face multiple deaths out of fear of admitting Russia’s success against coronavirus; that the WHO confirmed that the Sputnik V was on Phase 3 of clinical testing already in August 2020; that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged the Russian vaccine; that Europe is turning to Russia due to its desperate need for a vaccine; or that the West criticises the Sputnik V because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy and because its pharmaceutical companies will lose billions of dollars.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, vaccination, Cyber, West

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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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There is a conspiracy ripening against Russian vaccine

There is a conspiracy ripening against the Russian vaccine. There is an ancient bad feeling called envy. And now the West is being envious of Russia because Russia was the first to create the vaccine.

Disproof

This is part of a Russian disinformation campaign accusing international bodies and Western institutions of having a hidden agenda. This assumption is based on the fact that the announcement of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V was met with scepticism and criticism, even by some Russian specialists.

There is no conspiracy behind the widespread reservations about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The doubts are caused by the fact that Russia didn’t complete the large trials which WHO insists that a vaccine must undergo involving thorough testing to examine the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before it is released. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger the people receiving it. In fact, there is evidence that Russia has at all times perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine mainly in terms of geopolitical and economic gain.

Russophobic Latvian political establishment wants to have 300,000 pureblood Latvian families

The Latvian political establishment is Russophobic. It cements neo-Nazi ideas on the state level and has a utopian idea to have 300,000 pureblood Latvian families and the remaining population as service personnel. As a representative of the US Democratic Party, Joe Biden is also known for Russophobia. He will not condemn the Latvian authorities.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazis in the EU which has been repeatedly debunked (see here). It is also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about ubiquitous Russophobia. Read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and look at earlier disinformation cases, alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Brussels uses Russophobia as a uniting idea to prevent the EU's collapse. The outlet provides no support, neither for the claim of US president-elect Joe Biden's, nor the US Democratic Party's "russophobia".

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Russophobic Baltic States are beggars and vassals of the West, that Latvia faces the threat of genocide against ethnic Russians, that neo-Nazism flourishes in the European Union and that the Baltic states’ policies equal to Third Reich, and that the US political uncertainty temporarily gives the Baltic states a larger degree of sovereignty.

NATO and Poland plan to attack Belarus, they should be ready for Russia’s nuclear punishment

NATO and Poland have military plans for conquering the western part of Belarus. Amid the presidential elections and recent protests in Belarus, Poles openly voiced their claims for Belarusian territories. Poland is famous for its arrogance, impertinence, and ignorance. It is a Europe’s bald stinky dog and the stinkiest cesspool. In case NATO attacks Belarus, Russians will fight for it as for their own land. Russia should amend its military doctrine with the right to use nuclear arms in case of an emergency. The NATO units, stationed in the Baltic states, Poland, Romania, and Germany should realise that they are doomed for Russian nuclear capital punishment in case of attacking Belarus.

Disproof

This message contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the aggressive West and NATO and imperialist Poland. Poland and other NATO states respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belarus. Poland fully supports Belarus's territorial integrity, respects the principles of international law, and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.

Following the deployment of additional units of the Belarusian army on the country's border with Poland and Lithuania in late August 2020, the Polish Defence Ministry reiterated in its official position that Poland has no territorial claims on any country.