The US is developing a secret biological weapon in Georgia

Summary

The US is operating a secret biological laboratory in Georgia, where it is developing its biological weapon. The biological threat might be hidden in food which is exported from Georgia to South Ossetia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory advancing recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Lugar Laboratory.

Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar center is top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory of the Georgia’s public health system.

Read more about Lugar lab on Myth Detector.

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  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Lugar, South Ossetia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Ossetia
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The aim of coup d’état in Georgia was to make Georgia a criminal, client state of the US

The goal of the organizers of the [June 20 – 21] coup d’état in Georgia was to make Georgia an authoritarian, criminal, client state with American military bases which defies international law and to establish a new model of the government of former president Mikheil Saakashvili. The Georgian government has serious challenges since anti-Russian radicalism in Georgia is nurtured by Western grants and the US Democratic Party.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives on protests in Georgia, Russophobia, and the US global role.

Background:

Italy, Spain, Portugal, and possibly even France are in line to exit the EU

UK’s Brexit is not a special case as Brussels would like to think. Italy, Spain, Portugal, and possibly even France are in line to exit the EU. The UK is just a first, extreme manifestation of the trend which tears the EU apart from within. The UK is first to break apart because it was less attached to the EU integration mechanisms than the other EU countries.

The key EU problem is that it has never been integrated. Instead of equal cooperation between the EU countries, it had a hierarchy, the dominance of some countries and the subordination of others. Economic entities have never had equal conditions either. Instead, protectionism has been the case covered under the openness of economies.

Shameless curtail of economic freedoms accompanied by shouting about freedom of sexual and other minorities could be constrained with some generally accepted rules. However, the EU rules are imposed by a few grand countries, because the EU is a system of quotas and privileges. This dangerous mix could only lead to the present situation. The migrants issue became just a detonator to express general discontent.

Disproof

This message is a conspiracy which is consistent with a common pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU's imminent collapse.

Support for the EU, as shown in the latest Eurobarometer poll, remains at historically high levels. Asked if a referendum was held tomorrow regarding the country's membership of the EU, 21% of French people, 19% of Italians, 10% of Spaniards, and 7% of Portugal population would vote to leave the EU.

Sanctions against Russia are geared to create a Russian Maidan

Sanctions against Russia are not meant to change its actions regarding Ukraine. Sanctions are geared to meddle in Russian internal affairs. They want to bring down the economic growth to zero, increase protests, mass demonstrations in Moscow, lower the ratings of the democratically elected popular President and create conditions for a coup – à la Russian Maidan.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions and colour revolutions in and around Russia.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia, in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.