Disinfo: When coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, Washington was celebrating with champagne

Summary

When the coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, Washington was celebrating with champagne – its competitor would not come to senses soon. However, then the virus moved westwards and despair began. After all, China has been through, the country is coming to life first and taking strategic positions. China has more chances to become a winner than the USA.

Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory on coronavirus, the US and its economic rivalry with China.

One of a dozen of other similar cases about the coronavirus, which is consistent with the narrative that the spread of coronavirus is in the interest of the US, UK, and the West to weaken China economically.

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
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EUMM collects biological materials for the Lugar Lab and dangerous experiments

EUMM is collecting biological materials near South Ossetian border for the Lugar Lab and its dangerous experiments. EUMM is providing transportation for the doctors in this regard which is proved by the photos obtained by KGB of South Ossetia. The activity of an American biolaboratory in Georgia and the attempt to collect the biological materials is a direct continuation of genocide of the South Ossetian citizens.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against the Lugar Lab. Also, recurring pro-Kremlin narrative against EU's Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM).

The disinformation is accompanied with the photos of EUMM patrol car and the medical car. The photos are taken on April 26, 2020.

In The Hague, there is no case against Russia related to Ukraine

It is unclear to which case against Russia in the court in The Hague the materials from the interviews with Girkin and Poklonskaya can be attached. In The Hague, there is no case against Russia in relation to Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lawsuit trial between Ukraine and Russia at the International Court of Justice in Hague. Read a similar case, claiming that Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia is groundless.

Ukraine has filed a complaint against Russia to the International Court of Justice in Hague on 17 January 2017, concerning the events in separatist areas of Ukraine, Donetsk and Lugansk, including the downing of the MH17 Malaysian plane in July 2014. Ukraine invoked the violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Ukraine requested the Court ”to adjudge and declare that the Russian Federation bears international responsibility, by virtue of its sponsorship of terrorism and failure to prevent the financing of terrorism under the Convention, for the acts of terrorism committed by its proxies in Ukraine”, and ”to adjudge and declare that the Russian Federation, through its State organs, State agents, and other persons and entities exercising governmental authority, including the de facto authorities administering the illegal Russian occupation of Crimea, and through other agents acting on its instructions or under its direction and control, has violated its obligations under the CERD”. See details here.

Soros’ structures saw an opportunity in the pandemic to attack the “bad guys”

An article in The Guardian affirms that the coronavirus pandemic became a blessing for authoritarian figures, tyrants and zealots all over the world. The first in the list of “bad guys” was Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad, criticised by the West when he tries to liberate regions of his country captured by extremists, and quoting data from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a US structure that is regularly funded by the Open Society Foundation of the scandalous oligarch George Soros. China is also criticised, accused of maintaining a million Uyghur Muslims in training camps and forcing them to work instead of allowing them to stay at home. The article also quotes the head of Chatham House, funded by Soros too.

Disproof

The article is a deliberate distortion of the original op-ed by Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian, trying to discredit it in order to defend Kremlin allies such as Syria’s Bashar Al Assad; or China’s Xi Jinping. While Freedland’s piece describes Assad as deliberately leaving Syrians in opposition-held areas more vulnerable to the pandemic, the disinformation article sticks to a recurrent Russian narrative by labelling Assad’s opponents as “extremists” and accusing the West of supporting terrorism for criticising Damascus’ actions.

By describing The Guardian and think tanks CSIS and Chatham House as “Soros’ structures”, the article aims to portray them as having a hidden agenda linked to billionaire George Soros, a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation. Both CSIS and Chatham House receive funds from the Open Society Foundation (among many other donors) and report that to the public openly.