Russian Coronavirus Disinformation: StopFakeNews with Marko Suprun (No. 278)

Fake: Coronavirus Sent from Above as Ukraine’s Retribution for Donbas

The coronavirus is Ukraine’s retribution for the Donbas war sent from above, it is a reckoning for the country’s sins, claims the pro-Kremlin publication News Front. The European Union has closed its borders because of the coronavirus, leaving its partners to their own devices. By closing the Schengen zone borders they are spitting on Ukrainians and the current situation shows that the European dream of the Maydan Revolution does not

Coronavirus: BBC challenges Pro-Kremlin reporting from Italy

By EU vs Disinfo Moscow’s help to Italy in connection with the coronavirus has been covered extensively, both in international and in Russian media. In Russia, domestic pro-Kremlin outlets have reported from Italy with stories about EU flags being replaced with Russian flags and the Russian anthem sounding in the streets. On 31 March, the BBC looked into the facts behind some of these stories with an investigative article titled,

Throwing coronavirus disinfo at the wall to see what sticks

By EU vs Disinfo The EUvsDisinfo database has been accumulating coronavirus-related disinformation cases for more than two months – it’s time to take a look and see what’s hiding in plain sight. Comparing the cases on the coronavirus published between January 22 and March 25 with the caseload from this week alone, it appears that the anti-American vibe is still going strong. In total, we have collected 39 cases claiming

Disinformation, opportunism, and gaslighting: COVID-19 as a vector for Chinese influence in Central Europe

By Louis Cox-Brusseau, for CEPA The outbreak of COVID-19 has starkly exposed most countries’ unpreparedness for combating a global pandemic. Geopolitical weaknesses, too, are laid bare, and China’s revisionist approach to handling the pandemic adds fuel to an increasingly volatile situation in Europe. Previously, trade routes, shipping lanes, and air corridors out of China were means for the virus to spread worldwide. Now, the virus has itself become a vector

Fake: Bundestag Calls for Lifting Russia Sanctions to Fight COVID-19

Pro-Kremlin media are using the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to call for the lifting of Russia sanctions, claiming the sanctions are not working and it would make better sense to lift them so that Russia could fight the virus with the rest of the world. To buttress this argument and give it a veneer of credibility Russian media are actively disseminating statements made by pro-Russian Europeans. In fact the

Fake: Accusing Kremlin of Disinformation, EU and US Hide Pandemic Failures

Reacting to EU and US accusations that Moscow had launched a large scale disinformation campaign about the COVID-19 pandemic Russian media accused the West of Russophobia and of wanting to hide their mistakes and inaction in the face of the coronavirus while Russia is “in the forefront of the fight against the spread of the infection”. While people are dying in many countries and economies are on the brink of

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