Nostradamus and coronavirus: How Russian propagandists use names of seers to push own narratives

“The Noble Lady in the City by the Sea. The Chinese Coronavirus Was Predicted by Nostradamus.”

Last week, one of Russia’s largest state media companies decided to publish an article under this headline in one of its online outlets.

What could be the motivation for promoting this kind of information? The name of the outlet suggests an answer: Ukraina.ru

More .ru than Ukraina

The online news portal Ukraina.ru has been operating from Moscow since June 2014 – the early days of the conflict in Ukraine. It is part of the Russian state-owned media holding Rossiya Segodnya.

The Rossiya Segodnya media giant also includes the outlets SputnikRIA Novosti, and InoSMI. The CEO of Rossiya Segodnya is the EU-sanctioned Dmitry Kiselyov. The chief editor is Margarita Simonyan who is also the chief editor of RT (Russia Today).

Even if Ukraina.ru presents Ukraine as its first name, the outlet’s surname, “.ru”, reveals that it is, in fact, a Kremlin-controlled, Russian-language propaganda project targeting audiences in Ukraine – the country which is one of the most frequent targets of pro-Kremlin disinformation.

Doubt, fear, and confusion

Last week’s issue of the Disinformation Review highlighted the Nostradamus story as one of many other examples of conspiracy theories about the coronavirus in pro-Kremlin media.

Other pro-Kremlin media have published similar stories about a Bulgarian psychic who allegedly predicted the coronavirus in the 1970s.

In the case of Ukraina.ru, the claim about the Nostradamus prophecy becomes a small part of a massive campaign, whose aim it is to sow doubt, fear, and confusion in Ukraine.

To see other examples of disinformation appearing on Ukraina.ru, follow this link to the EUvsDisinfo database.

Editor’s Note

Russian media often resorts to “weaponizing” the names of well-known seers in order to reinforce the impact of disinformation narratives.

The most popular personalities used to put pieces of propaganda disguised as prophecies in their mouths are Nostradamus and Baba Vanga. The latter, a blind Bulgarian prophetess of the late 20th century, is less known in the West but extremely popular in Russia.

If Russian media is anything to go by, both Nostradamus and Vanga talked just about anything and everything and it’s pretty hard to find a topic they didn’t cover. For example, here are some of the “prophecies” ascribed to Nostradamus, produced by the Russian press and fake news sites only in the first two months of 2020:

  • Russia started entering its Golden Age in 2014.
  • Yellowstone is going to erupt in the near future.
  • Lives of ordinary Russians are going to start improving in 2020.
  • A “new USSR” will be established in 2020 by uniting former Soviet republics, and a conflict between Russia and Great Britain will start the same year.
  • Russia is going to form a successful alliance against the US and Ukraine.
  • An armed conflict between Russia and the West before 2025, in which Russia with its Islamic allies will win, the EU will lose leadership, and the US will collapse.
  • World War III will start in 2020.
  • Russia’s Golden Age will start in 2035 to last 33 years, in which Russia is going to be a superpower.

And, of course, the coronavirus was “predicted” not only by Nostradamus but also by Baba Vanga, according to Russian media.

(c) Euromaidanpress

3 comments

  • An armed conflict between Russia and the West before 2025, in which Russia with its Islamic allies will win, the EU will lose leadership, and the US will collapse.

    Where have we heard this before. Igor Nikolaevich Panarin predicted in 1998 that the United States would disintegrate within the next few years. When that never happened, the same guy predicted the collapse of the US by 2010. I’m guessing he’s hoping third time lucky with his predictions.

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    • The satanic nazi Alexandr Dugin is fond of this shit too. From wiki:
      ‘Before war broke out between Russia and Georgia in 2008, Dugin visited South Ossetia and predicted, “Our troops will occupy the Georgian capital Tbilisi, the entire country, and perhaps even Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula, which is historically part of Russia, anyway.” Afterwards he said Russia should “not stop at liberating South Ossetia but should move further,” and “we have to do something similar in Ukraine.” In 2008, Dugin stated that Russia should repeat the Georgian scenario in Ukraine, namely attack it. In September 2008, after the Russian-Georgian war, he did not hide his anger towards Putin, who “dared not drop the other shoe” and “restore the Empire.”
      Putler is a fan. Dugin’s job is similar to that of Zhirininovsky: to say the things in public that the shit weasel says in private.

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  • Kiselyov and Simonyan are devils. But they know their market. There needs to be a big budget counter to their efforts to make the vatniks crap their already soiled pants.
    I visited Vanga’s resting place many years ago. It is in a beautiful area of Bulgaria known for its spas. There were and are still fucking shitloads of wealthy Russians living there for most of the year.

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