Disinfo: Western media propaganda claims that the coronavirus is a project of the Kremlin

Summary

Western media claimed that coronavirus is a Kremlin project. Everything that isn’t about the West is a Kremlin project. The coronavirus, according to the media propaganda, is a Kremlin project. The Kremlin is using it as an instrument.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. It represents recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about alleged Western "Russophobia" and the coronavirus being a man-made tool of warfare. While many baseless conspiracy theories have emerged amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no evidence that Western media are deliberately promoting them with malign intent. There is no evidence of any reputable Western media outlet describing coronavirus as a 'Kremlin project'. On the other hand, there is mounting evidence that pro-Kremlin media are spreading disinformation on the disease for political purposes through a coordinated campaign. Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing more than 3584 deaths by 8 March 2020. As of 8th March 2020, coronavirus was confirmed in over 100 countries on all continents (except Antarctica). Coronaviruses are known to circulate in mammals and birds, and scientists have already suggested that nCoV-2019 originally came from bats. The South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou says that two of its researchers have identified the pangolin as the potential source of nCoV-2019. This was announced to reporters at a press conference on 7 February 2020. Read previous disinformation narratives alleging that the emergence of the coronavirus is not accidental and has economic goals, that the coronavirus is a US provocation against China, that the coronavirus is a biological weapon created by the UK, and that a new Chinese coronavirus was likely elaborated in NATO biolabs.

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  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2020
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Virus / bacteria threat, West, Anti-Russian, Propaganda, Media, Russophobia
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Disinfo: Poland creates and promotes its historical myths in an active and aggressive way

Today, Poland actively and aggressively promotes its vision of history and the post-Yalta world order. Most probably, there is no such country in the EU, which creates and implements its historical policy and historical myths in such a way as Poland.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpretation of historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

The Polish historical policy is based on objective historical facts, shared by the predominant majority of mainstream historians.

Disinfo: The West wants to rewrite the history of WWII

[…] when the USSR was gone, someone (the West) suddenly thought that the time had come to rewrite the history of WWII and withdraw the Soviet Union from the ranks of the winners.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West rewriting history.

Examples of similar disinformation narratives include Poland lies about WW2 to weaken Russia's position or Revision of the WW2 history is the state position of Warsaw.

Disinfo: Evidence in failed Trump-Russia collusion probe was fabricated by Ukrainians

Earlier this month, investigative US media revealed that a key piece of “evidence” used by the Obama White House to start the FBI probe into possible Trump-Russia collusion in 2016. The so-called “black ledger” of secret cash payments to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during his work in Ukraine, was a complete fabrication created from scratch by Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau and leaked to US media in the summer of 2016.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and painting Ukraine as a Washington-controlled vassal state.

The "investigative US media" invoked by Sputnik is just one article from February 2020, whose author falsely claims that the ledger "suddenly appeared in Kyiv during the 2016 US election." The article, which is mostly based on older opinion columns by the same author.