Posted on Apr 03, 2020
"As the rest of the world struggles to cope with COVID-19, Russia is churning out propaganda that blames the West for creating the virus. Propaganda is, of course, nothing new for Russia; such practices have a long history dating back to the Soviet era." - Dr. Sergey Sukhankin, Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, Advisor at the Gulf State Analytics (both – Washington DC) and an Associate Expert at the International Centre for Policy Studies (Kyiv).
Seeking to exact revenge on the West for the economic sanctions imposed on on it in the aftermath of the illegal annexation of Crimea, Moscow sees an opportunity in the coronavirus crisis to achieve its aim of unravelling the current world order.
In a report published this week by The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, COVID-19 as a tool of information confrontation: Russia's approach, the author, Dr. Sergey Sukhankin, claims that Russia has been “churning out propaganda that blames the West for creating the virus.” By propagating disinformation and conspiracy theories via social media accounts, fake news outlets, state-controlled media, pseudo-scientists and Russians living in the West Dr. Sukhankin says that Putin is working towards his goal of “spreading propaganda and conspiracy theories is to subvert the West".
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He further states that “Russia seeks to seriously damage the solidarity among EU members and capitalize on any internal European weaknesses to promote broader conflicts. COVID-19 is seen as an ideal way for Russia to deal a powerful blow not only to the EU, but to inflict damage on the ties between Europe and its North American allies.”
On Wednesday, a report from the EU’s foreign policy arm, the European External Action Service (EEAS), claimed countries including Russia and China were spreading disinformation about the coronavirus crisis. The EU recorded more than 150 cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation on COVID-19 between the end of January and the end of March, the report said.
Dr. Sukhankin's report can be viewed online here: https://www.policyschool.ca/wp...
The EEAS report referred to in this article can be viewed here: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/eeas-sp...
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