Disinfo: West's "espionage conspiracy" failed

Summary

West’s espionage conspiracy failed. The attempt of Western countries to unite against Russia, while simultaneously accusing it of secret illegal activities, does not make sense – writes The New Yorker.

Disproof

The original article say nothing about a "Western conspiracy". One of the respondents merely describes the reaction of the West as not sufficient to change Russia's aggressive behaviour: "Russia is on a clear course of more aggressive behavior toward the West. Strong statements and narrow sanctions won’t change that," said Alina Polyakova from the Brookings Institute to the New Yorker. See the full article here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/russias-image-tanks-in-the-west-but-so-does-trumps Recurring narrative about conspiracies in the pro-Kremlin media. The Western countries recently reacted to Russia's illegal activities such as: annexation of Crimea, Skripal's poisoning and OPCW targeting.

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  • Reported in: Issue 121
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: OPCW, Sergei Skripal, West, Conspiracy theory
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Americans experimented on people in Georgia

Americans experimented on people in Georgia, 73 people died. Pentagon used the secret labs in Georgia to spread the African swine fever.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is building biological laboratories in the Caucasus region; and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about US developing biological and/or chemical weapons (mostly in order to use them against Russia). See e.g. the Disinfo Review from 4 October 2018. The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector.

US biological weapons will kill 70% of Russia's population

The Lugar laboratory used by Americans developed biological weapons that would kill 70% of Russia’s population.

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about US developing biological and/or chemical weapons mostly in order to use them against Russia. See e.g. the Disinfo Review from 4 October 2018. The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL) - the so called Lugar Laboratory - was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector.

Europe helped Hitler to come to power and allowed him to attack Russia

The Western European countries helped Hitler to come to power. And he said to them: I will go to attack Russia! And they let him form the armed forces.

Disproof

Between the years 1939 and 1941, it was Soviet Russia who was Nazi Germany's ally - the two countries simultaneously invading Poland. Later during WWII, Soviet Russia, the UK, the US and many other countries were the allies in an anti-Hitler coalition. Repeated pro-Kremlin disinformation accusing everyone of being Nazi, see e.g. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/nazi-east-nazi-west-nazi-over-the-cuckoos-nest/