Deadly Deceptive Disinformation

For more than 20 months, since late January 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak has been among the dominant topics in the pro-Kremlin flow of disinformation. The first piece of disinformation, published by a Russian state outlet several months before the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic, claimed that the virus had been artificially designed in NATO labs. Since then we have seen claims that the virus only affects people of the “Asian Race” or that the virus is designed to create a New World Order.

COVID-19 continues to be a popular topic for the producers of disinformation: This week we documented several cases spreading lies about vaccination – A biochemical attack on humanity by globalists. On the other hand, the vaccines are useless. Consistency is not important for the producers of disinformation. Russian social media have noticed(opens in a new tab) how state broadcaster RT attempts to encourage the use of facemasks and vaccines when targeting a domestic audience, while broadcasting the entirely opposite message to an international audience.

Praising the pandemic

During the whole history of COVID-19, we have seen the focus switching from the actual virus to the vaccines and measures to combat the disease. In this context, one outlet stands out – Geopolitica.ru. The outlet is represented with over 250 cases in the EUvsDisinfo database on disinformation. The outlet is strongly connected to the “alt-right” community in both Europe and the US: In early 2021, EUvsDisinfo published a case study on geopolitica.ru and its role in Italy.

COVID-19 is a key element in the site’s narrative of a decaying West. Geopolitica.ru has offered a platform for antivaxxers and conspiracy theorists since the beginning of the pandemic. One and a half years later, Geopolitica continues to spread disinformation in several languages on the virus and on the efforts to combat the pandemic. The claim of the uselessness of the vaccine is repeated in Italian(opens in a new tab), in Spanish(opens in a new tab), in English(opens in a new tab), in Dutch, and in Russian(opens in a new tab).

The world has had access to several vaccines for over a year: Russia was the first country to declare that a vaccine was available. Large-scale campaigns for mass vaccination started in several countries in late 2020 and early 2021 and the picture changed quickly with 49 per cent of the global population(opens in a new tab) now at least partially vaccinated. The virus is still spreading, but a lethal outcome among the vaccinated is rare(opens in a new tab). The vaccines work.

But the lies work as well. Geopolitica has joined a chorus of false claims and conspiracy theories on the vaccine, scaring millions, risking the lives of thousands after thousands of people, internationally and in Russia. Russia is a country with a high level of vaccine hesitancy, and currently the world’s highest death toll of over 1,000 cases per day.(opens in a new tab) The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy stated early in the pandemic that disinformation can kill(opens in a new tab). That should be kept in mind when we see Kremlin media continue spreading lies on the COVID-19 and the vaccines, even as the death tolls in Russia are surging.

Kremlin scaremongering

Kremlin scaremongering covers other fields as well. NATO will drag the Baltic countries into nuclear war; the US is using Poland and the Baltic countries as Trojan horses against Europe; and if Georgia should join NATO, the country would be annexed by Turkey. Another country risking its sovereignty is, in the Kremlin’s fantasies, Moldova, just about to be swallowed by Romania. All those claims nicely fit into the narrative of threatened sovereignty. A lie repeated numerous times in recent and older history of Kremlin disinformation.

The Kremlin media continue their attacks on dissident leader Alexei Navalny. This week, Russian state radio claims the attempted assassination in August 2020 was a hoax. With this claim, the EUvsDisinfo database contains 415 cases of disinformation, targeting Alexei Navalny. This equals roughly the combined number of cases, targeting France and Spain. 20 October 2021, the European Parliament awarded Alexei Navalny the Sakharov Prize:(opens in a new tab)

The European Parliament has chosen Alexei Navalny as the winner of this year’s Sakharov Prize. He has campaigned consistently against the corruption of Vladimir Putin’s regime, and through his social media accounts and political campaigns, Navalny has helped expose abuses and mobilise the support of millions of people across Russia. For this, he was poisoned and thrown in jail.

Attacking Ukraine

Of course, no week passes without disinformation attacking Ukraine:

https://euvsdisinfo.eu/deadly-deceptive-disinformation/

6 comments

  • “The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy stated early in the pandemic that disinformation can kill(opens in a new tab).”

    Apart from stating the obvious, this useless entity is yet another that will do nothing. The solution is quite simple, remove all Russian propaganda channels and media from the TV and internet. Propaganda and information war is not freedom of speech.

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  • The festering human pond slime David Icke; a putler brown-noser of epic proportions, has been pumping out verbal snot for decades. But there are an unbelievable amount of halfwits and evil turds out there who hang onto his every word. His primary conspiracy theory consists of endless variations around the theme of: the word is secretly ruled by a cabal of Jews (the Rothschilds of course), Alien lizard shape-shifters (I’m not making this up), royalty and fuck knows what else that enters his diseased brain. Guess what, only fuhrer putler can resolve this crisis by ruling the world.
    Icke claims that the Spanish Flu was spread by radar. Spanish flu was in 1919-20 and radar was not invented until 1939. He claims that covid is spread by 5G.
    People believe this utter shit, that’s why putler’s shit works: people are stupid.
    Conclusion: as F1 says, shut the fuckers all down.

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    • This crackpot needs locking up in a mental hospital. I remember when he said the UK was going to be destroyed by earthquakes and tidal waves, which would geologically impossible as the nearest fault line to the UK is in the South of Europe. Why let facts get in the way of BS.

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    • Among many other reasons to shut them down is also as I suggest, make truth a natural human right. I think that’s something Europe would support too. My hope is that this recognition as a human right would supersede twisted notions of freedom of speech. After all, something is either true or false which is something clear, unlike some Moskali interpretation of freedom of speech or more simply in their language, freedom to misinform or straight out lie.

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      • Since the times of Lenin, the truth is dangerous in Muscovy and is to be eliminated at all costs. The only truth allowed is the Kremlin truth, which as we all know, is 100% fantasy.

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        • Its amazing that we put up with that kind of evil now in the 21st century. We expect it from wackos like Fat Boy or some Mullah, but a country near Europe? I think Lady Thatcher would size up Shirtless Shorty and tell him where he could put his gas pipes! After hearing lies for 100 years since Lenin you would think the citizens of Russia would demand the truth, but then they wouldn’t be Russians would they. We’d have to come up with a new name for them. I’ll leave that to you, LMAO>………

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