Disinfo: US Department of Defense has a secret biological laboratory in Georgia

Summary

There is a so-called Public Health Research Centre or Lugar Laboratory in Georgia.

It is believed that this centre contains a biological laboratory belonging to the US Department of Defence. In 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Lugar Center is hosting a research centre for the United States Armed Forces.

Russian officials suspect that the US and Georgian authorities are trying to cover up the activities of this biological laboratory that examines serious epidemic diseases.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons and the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The 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 centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system.

Read more about Lugar lab on Myth Detector.

See similar disinformation cases: the US prepares biological weapons against Russia, the US is constructing secret biological labs, Pentagon is working out a biological war strategy in the Baltics.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Lugar Laboratory, Virus / bacteria threat, Biological weapons, Encircling Russia
  • Outlet: Sputnik web Arabic, majestynews, fatehgaza, gulfstory, albidda, saadaonline, bbcnews1, innlebanon,
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