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Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist philosopher with close ties to the Kremlin, is relishing in the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are living in the period of the end of liberalism and its “obviousness” as global meta-narrative, the end of its measures and standards. Human societies will soon become free floating: no more dogmas, no more dollar-imperialism, no more free market spells, no more Fed dictatorship or global stock exchanges, no more subservience to the world media elite

Finally, the world can be liberated from freedom. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets tell us that democracy does not work.

The outbreak is, not surprisingly, dominating this week’s cases of disinformation. Approximately a third of the 86 cases this week is devoted to disinformation about the virus; its causes and spread. Since the first case on the outbreak in late January, we have a rather sizeable yield of COVID-19-disinformation in the database. The pro-Kremlin outlets had their reliable conspiracy theory ready from the very beginning and have kept parroting the same line ever since: “The virus is created in NATO and/or laboratories”. This week is no exception. We find the same claim, with small variations, this week: in Russian, in Arabic, in Italian, in English… The Russian state-owned channel RT’s Spanish service has evolved into one of the world’s largest domains by total social engagement on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Conflicting Messages

After almost two months of pro-Kremlin outlets’ disinformation about the COVID-19, patterns start to appear. Cases targeting a domestic Russian audience focus on the virus as a type of foreign aggression: it stems from Latvia, from the United States; the problems with the virus affects mainly foreign countries, like Germany and China, and it will eventually lead to the collapse of the European Union. (Though the voting on the changes to the Russian constitutions might be in jeopardy…).

When pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets target International audiences, the approach is slightly different. There are, of course, similarities – as the tendency to describe the virus as man-made. But the core difference is that English language outlets tend to describe the COVID-19 outbreak in much darker, cynical terms. The virus is spread to reduce the population of planet Earth. The Global Elites are using the outbreak to introduce tyranny. There is no outbreak; just common flu, but the Rothschilds et al use it as a pretext to introduce forced vaccination, injecting nano-chips to control the people… And then there are recurrent claims that there is no outbreak. South Front, one leading, English language pro-Kremlin disinformation outlet, suggest that it is all a scheme by the Italian government to milk EU for money and relax stringent EU’s budgetary rules.

The Tyranny of Liberty

The pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets offer consolation to a domestic audience: the outbreak will lead to liberation from the Yoke of Liberal Democracy. Alexander Dugin sees the pandemic as an event that will purge our world:

The old world order is becoming a thing of the past, and quite distinct contours of a new reality are emerging before us. 

What neither ideologies, nor wars, nor fierce economic battles, nor terror, nor religious movements have been able to do, has been accomplished by an invisible, yet deadly virus. It brought with it death, pain, horror, panic, sorrow… but also the future.

An international audience is fed with the Apocalypse: the Global Elites, the Shadow Rulers, will impose tyranny upon us:

What is behind it all? – A total crackdown with artificially induced panic to the point where people are screaming “help, give us vaccinations, display police and military for our security” – or even if the public despair doesn’t go that far, it would be easy for the EU and US authorities to impose a military stage of siege for “health protection of the people”.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts, targeting an International audience, aims at inducing distrust in national, European and International institutions; distrust in experts, the health care system and the individuals, engaged in the self-less work to help people affected by the virus. In a situation where trust, cooperation and persistence is essential, disinformation kills people.

Other topics this week:

Stay healthy, respect each other and abide to quarantine rules!


related disinfo cases

Date
Title
Outlets
Country
17.03.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Russian
US
17.03.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
US
16.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
US
16.03.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
China, US
16.03.2020
  • News Front - YouTube, Russian
China, US
16.03.2020
  • Journal of New Eastern Outlook
US
15.03.2020
  • izborsk.md
China, US
15.03.2020
  • Sputnik Latvia - Russian
Latvia
14.03.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
US
14.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Israel, Poland, Russia
14.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Russia
14.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
Italy
14.03.2020
  • Tsargrad TV
US
14.03.2020
  • svpressa.ru
Japan, China, US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
Australia, Canada, UK, Israel, US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
Italy, US
13.03.2020
  • SouthFront - English
US
13.03.2020
  • izborsk.md
China, US, Ukraine, Russia
13.03.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Russia
13.03.2020
  • rubaltic.ru
Russia
13.03.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
China, US
12.03.2020
  • News Front - YouTube, Russian
Ukraine
11.03.2020
  • One World
The Netherlands, Ukraine
11.03.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Greece, Turkey
11.03.2020
  • Livenews.am
Armenia
11.03.2020
  • politik.am
Armenia
11.03.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal,
  • Tsargrad TV
US, Russia
11.03.2020
  • RT Spanish
Afghanistan
11.03.2020
  • Sputnik Georgia
US, Russia
10.03.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - English,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Russian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
US
10.03.2020
US
10.03.2020
  • Sputnik Italia
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
10.03.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
US
10.03.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
US
09.03.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
09.03.2020
  • RT Germany - YouTube
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
09.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, US
09.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, Russia
09.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Georgia, US, Ukraine, Russia
09.03.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
08.03.2020
  • Sputnik France
Ukraine
06.03.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
Russia
06.03.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • RT Arabic - YouTube
UK, Russia
06.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland
06.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Russia
06.03.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
Russia
06.03.2020
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
Russia
05.03.2020
China, Iran, US
05.03.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
05.03.2020
China, Iran, US, Russia
05.03.2020
  • Oriental Review
US
05.03.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
UK, Belarus
04.03.2020
Georgia, US, Russia
04.03.2020
US, Russia
04.03.2020
UK, Russia
03.03.2020
Syria
03.03.2020
  • News Front - Bulgarian
Syria, US, Russia
03.03.2020
  • News Front - Bulgarian
Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia
03.03.2020
  • Russia Beyond
UK, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia
03.03.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
US
03.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, US
03.03.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Syria, Russia
03.03.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Libya, Syria, US
02.03.2020
  • Together with Russia
Germany, US, Ukraine, Russia
02.03.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic
Turkey, Estonia, Russia
02.03.2020
  • Ria Novosti,
  • ukraina.ru,
  • Ekonomika Segodnya
Norway, Russia
02.03.2020
  • flux.md
Armenia, Moldova
01.03.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Czech Republic
01.03.2020
  • Ria Novosti,
  • gazeta.ru,
  • tvzvezda.ru,
  • svpressa.ru
Ukraine, Russia
29.02.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
UK, Russia
29.02.2020
  • Vesti FM - YouTube
Germany
29.02.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube,
  • TASS - Russian,
  • Sputnik Latvia - Russian
Ukraine
27.02.2020
  • Sputnik Georgia - Russian
Baltic states
26.02.2020
  • actualcomment.ru,
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
Ukraine, Russia
25.02.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic - (sptnkne.ws),
  • elssayda.com
US, Russia
25.02.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
China, India, UK, US
22.02.2020
  • VitRusDom,
  • Together with Russia
Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
20.02.2020
  • Sodrugestvo,
  • Sozh
Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia
15.02.2020
Ukraine, Russia
12.02.2020
  • ertikaznews.com,
  • Sputnik Arabic
Syria
10.02.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Russia
07.02.2020
  • ukraina.ru,
  • Tsargrad TV,
  • Ria Novosti
US
04.02.2020
Syria