University Of Calgary, School Of Public Policy, Russia, Covıd-19, Coronavirus, Propaganda, Sergey Sukhankin

University Of Calgary, School Of Public Policy

Russia spreading propaganda during COVID-19 pandemic: U of C School of Public Policy

Russia spreading propaganda during COVID-19 pandemic: U of C School of Public Policy

2020-04-01 4:12:00 PM

Russia spreading propaganda during COVID-19 pandemic: U of C School of Public Policy

Titled COVID-19 as a Tool of Information Confrontation: Russia ’s Approach, the article claims Russia is waging a war of disinformation centering around the COVID-19 pandemic.

, the article claims Russia is waging a war of disinformation centering around the COVID-19 pandemic.According to professor Sergey Sukhankin, the author of the report, the Russian narratives can be separated into three categories: simple, tricky and sophisticated.

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The simple method uses basic language and straightforward arguments to reach the least informed of the Russian population by using biased media outlets, bloggers and, in some cases, first-hand accounts from Russians living in North America and the European Union.

The tricky narrative relies on the spreading of elaborate conspiracy theories aimed to create a sense of distrust against the west. They’re doing so by using Russian outlets and information platforms to give "evidence" the virus was created in America in order to halt the economic growth of China.

While the sophisticated method is a far more elaborate example of propaganda, aimed at small circles outside Russia. Claims that the U.S. is destroying global efforts in fighting the COVID-19 are being circulated citing the country's decision to decrease its contributions to the World Health Organization and its $60 million outstanding debt to the organization.

Sukhankin says that Russia’s two main goals are to spotlight the "immorality of anti-Russian economic sanctions in light of COVID-19" and to damage, and potentially, destroy the European Union by undermining the solidarity among its members.

The E.U.’s External Action Service (EAS) has reported almost 80 incidents of COVID-19-related disinformation since Jan. 22.Sukhankin says Russia’s propaganda targeting the West, and more specifically the United States, was prominent during the Soviet-era. The most successful attempt was Operation INFEKTION, where a rumour claimed the U.S. deliberately created AIDS/HIV.

Yevgeny Primakov, a conservative Russian politician, proved the rumor false in 1991, stating that "its main purpose was to spread global anti-Americanism."After the fall of the USSR, Russia was unable to conduct their aggressive foreign policies due to a lack of resources. Their economy eventually began recovering in the early 2000s due to high oil prices.

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In 2011, Russian propaganda outlets — including Sputnik Georgia, Eurasia Daily and Sputnik Armenia — returned to Soviet-style methods for spreading disinformation. Fake stories became commonplace and centred on meritless claims regarding the U.S. including accusations the Americans were testing new biological weaponry in Georgia.

According to Sukhankin, Russia is once again using these methods to attempt to push their own agenda by spreading disinformation in the midst of the global pandemic. Read more: CTV News »

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Not as much as China Coming from Canada's 1 propaganda pusher this is funny. FakeNews Partners in business!ChinaLiedAndPeopleDied Here’s a suprise 🤣🤣 pot calling the kettle black, eh CTV? Funny how western news generalizes 'Russia' as if it's not a country of 146 million people. Russia is not just Putin, Boris and Natalia. Anything considered 'propaganda' comes from all countries, every day.

More bullshit from people who should know better. 🤣` ... VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS PULLED OFF THE GREATEST THIEFT IN RUSSIAN HISTORY !!! 🇷🇺 VLADIMIR PUTIN NET WORTH IS 200+ BILLION DOLLARS 🇺🇸 !!! THE PEOPLE OF RUSSIA 🇷🇺 DESERVE BETTER THEN THAT!!! 🇷🇺 Just waiting for all the xenophobes to say 'but China...'. Sometimes even with a racist profile pic. Because you know...peer reviewed science is a shame! They know the truth! Uncle Bob said so.

Lmao not only have we gone to extreme lengths to make enemies with the USA, now we're starting with Russia. This will work out well. Are these the same people spreading Russia Russia election interference that end up being fake🤓 But somehow Chinese propaganda is totally ignored 🤔

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