Disinfo: Ukrainian trolls are trying to sow panic in Russia due to the outbreak of coronavirus


Ukrainian media and trolls are trying to sow panic in Russia due to the outbreak of coronavirus.


Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

This is part of pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts on coronavirus aiming to blame other countries for allegedly exploiting this outbreak for their own purposes, namely isolating China. While many baseless conspiracy theories emerged all over the world amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no proof that Ukrainian media or even Ukrainian trolls are deliberately promoting them targeting Russia. On the other hand, there is mounting evidence that pro-Kremlin media are spreading disinformation on the disease for political purposes in a coordinated campaign.

Cases of a new coronavirus have been detected in more than 20 countries, including Russia. Ukrainian media reported, as did others, that there are two cases of coronavirus in Russia, Chinese citizens happened to be infected.

You can see other examples of Kremlin-led disinformation narratives on the coronavirus outbreak in our database, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UKUS or NATO creation and Americans have a cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profits, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.


  • Reported in: Issue185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory


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