Disinfo: US instructed the Lugar Lab to create biological weapon to target South Ossetian population


US Army’s managers instructed the Lugar Lab to develop biological weapons that will target the South Ossetian population. The Lugar Lab was also instructed to conduct operations aimed at destroying the livestock by spreading epizootic disease.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Tbilisi-based Lugar Lab.

The U.S Embassy in Georgia officially addressed the conspiracy theories behind the Richard Lugar Centre as "nonsense and typical of Russian misinformation and propaganda campaigns."

The Richard Lugar Centre for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system. Under no circumstances has this laboratory been designed or redesigned to build biological weapons.

Read similar disinformation cases about Lugar Lab intentionally infecting South Ossetians with COVID-19 and EUMM collecting biological materials for the Lugar Lab and dangerous experiments.


  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Lugar Laboratory, Biological weapons


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