Disinfo: Western-backed anti-government forces use the COVID-19 crisis to destabilise Russia

Summary

It becomes obvious that anti-government Western-backed forces are trying to use the COVID-19 crisis to destabilize the situation in Russia.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made. Consistent with a narrative suggesting that the West is using biological weapons to stage "colour revolutions" in other countries.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, West, Colour revolutions

Disclaimer

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of inter-EU solidarity.

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Even the coronavirus did not distract Lithuania from the eternal disease called Russophobia

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The disinformation message appeared after a statement (see in also in Russian) made by the head of Lithuania's State Security department Darius Jauniskis: "What we are observing is the activity of the Russian special services. These are attempts to disinform society and spread panic, distrust to the Euro-Atlantic space and governments." See similar pro-Kremlin disinformation cases: "Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania", "Free Russia Forum in Vilnius is an anti-Russian gathering", "Lithuania is afflicted by total Russophobia", The only idea that strongly unites Lithuanian society is Russophobia.

The coronavirus: the weapon of global capital against humanity

A secret ruling elite composed of global capital owners has deliberately engineered the coronavirus in order to pin the otherwise inevitable collapse of the global economy on the pandemic. While EU countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain were reminded that they should not be too assertive on the world stage, the puppet-masters, part of the “deep state” in Britain and the United States, rejoiced. Given the democracies’ inability to contain the crisis, the coronavirus is a “convenient” excuse to achieve the ultimate end goal for this secret global elite: fascism.

Disproof

This article is an example of a conspiracy theory about secret global elites. This theme is a recently recurring Kremlin-led narrative in relation to the coronavirus. The idea of a “Shadow World Government” in itself is also a recurring narrative. As with many conspiracy theories, this one is appealing because it is based on the premise that the very absence of evidence is the proof for the existence of a secret puppet-master world elite. In the case of the coronavirus, however, there is strong evidence that the virus was not artificially created. COVID-19 is a new strain of a large family of coronaviruses (CoV) which also cause the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people, and previous research has revealed that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels. Other known coronaviruses among animals have not yet been transmitted to humans. Researchers in Guangzhou, China have suggested that the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) may have originated in the pangolin. As of April 8th, 2020, over 150 countries reported at least one case of coronavirus. See the updated figures on coronavirus cases per country here.