Let There Be Monsters – and Biolabs
The Kremlin disinformation machinery continues to fabricate make-believe stories about biolabs in Ukraine and bioweapons testing, while tossing its tentacles near and far.
This week it appears that Kremlin propagandists were yet again tasked by their masters’ voices to celebrate a biolabs and bioweapons theme week. We also witnessed the pro-Kremlin disinformation ecosystem targeting Ukrainian refugees in EU countries. Finally, at the more outlandish end of their activities, Kremlin manipulators continued their attacks against Western military support for Ukraine, this time by trying to invoke a radiation scare.
Biolabs, bioweapons, and other Kremlin-created boogeymen
As our more seasoned readers are well aware, the Kremlin has been busy pushing biolabs- and bioweapons-related disinformation for a long while. We have featured different strains of this disinformation virus in our writings, on our database, and in other products a number of times. We have also offered thorough debunks.
Nevertheless, variations of this theme keep popping up in the torrent of Kremlin disinformation, and we continue to set the record straight. This theme, together with other disinformation topics tied to chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, serves Kremlin purposes as it often triggers in audiences strong psychological reactions, fear in particular.
So it is no surprise that we keep seeing Kremlin disinformation claiming, for example, that the US is conducting tests with bioagents on Ukrainian soldiers and civilians alike, or that Russian armed forces have successfully stopped US military biological programmes in Ukraine.
Kremlin disinformers take a multipronged approach to scaremongering. Firstly, they talk to their home audiences and try to come up with justifications for their war in Ukraine. Secondly, they attempt to reach audiences abroad, confuse them, and create a gap between Ukraine and its supporters while portraying the US as the real menace. Lastly, CBRN-related disinformation tries to instil fear and push, in particular, Western audiences to question their support for Ukraine’s war effort out of fear of mostly imaginary Russian retaliation.