Disinfo: WHO says that the Sputnik V vaccine is in Phase 3 of clinical testing


On August 20, the World Health Organisation recognised around 140 projects to fight Covid-19, but only a handful of them are on Phase 3, which is the clinical testing in humans at a massive scale. One of them is the Sputnik V.


The claim is false. On August 20th 2020, the World Health Organisation published a landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines that considered the Russian project developed by Gamaleya Research Institute (registered as Sputnik V) as being still in Phase 1 of clinical testing.

The WHO initiated talks with Russian authorities about undertaking a review of the vaccine, though it refused to endorse it right away and expressed some reservations about the procedure followed by Russia given that the country hasn’t completed large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy and experts consider that rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.

This is part of a Russian disinformation campaign on the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine launched after the announcement of its registration was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged it, that the West criticized it because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy or that Bloomberg affirmed that this vaccine makes Putin the protector of the people.


  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, WHO


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The West tries to destabilise the situation in Minsk

The West tries to destabilise the situation in Minsk.

Certain outside forces are making attempts to destabilise the situation in Minsk.

Russia was appealing to countries in the West, especially the US and the European Union. You should be aware of those circles which, let’s say, in Poland and Lithuania, are expressing their dissatisfaction with the fact that the situation in Belarus is normalising. Therefore, they are trying to provoke violent actions in order to trigger a corresponding reaction by the (Belarusian) security forces.


This is part of a Russian disinformation campaign about Belarus based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, portraying the West as aiming to destabilise the situation in Minsk and to provoke military actions on the Belarusian borders.

There is no evidence that that West in general, nor Poland and Lithuania in particular, try to destabilise the situation in Belarus. Poland and Lithuania support the independence and territorial integrity of Belarus and they do not have any territorial claims against their neighbours.

Many questions to be answered on Navalny blood tests in Berlin

In the blood tests, Charité [hospital in Berlin, where Navlany is treated] finds signs of cholinesterase inhibitors, a group of drugs used in fertilizers, medicines, insect sprays, but also warfare agents. The only possible conclusion is that Putin has poisoned Navalny.

The Russian tests did not discover cholestesterase-inhibitors.


Now it is a finding against a finding. Statement against statement. The German government supports the Charité doctors and demands an investigation from Russia, knowing full well that demonstrative external pressure on the Russians is always counterproductive. Media are foaming up, a perfect background noise.

There are questions to be answered: Who had access to the patient Navalny after he landed [in Berlin]? Who was in the Bundeswehr transport? Who had access to him in the clinic? In which hands were his samples? Where are the pictures, the surveillance camera from the clinic?

With all due respect, this is not the first case of the Charité acting as a contract clinic for special patients with geopolitical implications. Charité patient Viktor Yushchenko was examined here in 2004. Dioxin poisoning was detected in him. The diagnosis was a decisive factor in his election. Yushchenko became Ukrainian President. And thus he had all the levers in his hand to stifle the investigation of his own poisoning.


Conspiracy theory about the poisoning of anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny presented as a series of rhetorical and leading questions, suggesting manipulation of the test results.

The doctors of the Berlin Charité Hospital announced that initial findings point to poisoning of the Kremlin critic Navalny. The official Charité-statement reads:

USA, NATO and EU want to dictate to the people of Belarus a regime-change

Above all the USA and NATO – with active participation of the EU – want to use the situation in connection with this year’s  presidential elections in Belarus to further change the situation in their favour. They believe that they can use the internal difficulties Belarus is facing to intervene in order to further promote the balance of power in their favor not only in Belarus and in the region directly bordering on Russia, but in the whole of Europe. They are trying to dictate to the people of Belarus the rules according to which both regime change in Belarus, and change in the sense of creating more favourable conditions for the realisation of the anti-Russian goals, should take place.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. Neither NATO, nor USA, nor the EU dictate to the people of Belarus rules for a regime-change in Belarus.

It should be noted that the recent presidential elections were considered neither free nor fair by the EU. "State authorities deployed disproportionate and unacceptable violence causing at least one death and many injuries. Thousands of people were detained and the crackdown on freedoms of assembly, media and expression intensified. We call on the Belarusian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all detained. Furthermore, credible reports of domestic observers show that the electoral process did not meet the international standards expected of an OSCE participating State."