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  • U.S. Protests Incite Racist Words, Mockery from Moscow

    Komsomolskaya Pravda

    Komsomolskaya Pravda

    Russian national tabloid

    "In the news, they are now are talking about the first people killed and even raped in Minneapolis."

    There are no records of rapes in the Minneapolis protests over the death of George Floyd, and only one person died. The claim is consistent with the negative spin Russian media and officials historically have applied when civil crises erupt in the U.S.
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  • Kremlin Media Get The Wrong Guy, Misidentify Truck Driver Who Drove Through U.S. Protesters

    RIA Novosti

    RIA Novosti

    Russian state-owned media outlet

    “Bogdan Vechirko, who rammed a crowd of rebelling Americans in Minneapolis with a truck, served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and was an ardent fan of Donald Trump, writes Strana.ua.”

    The truck driver and the Ukrainian soldier are two different people using the same name. There is no evidence the soldier ever visited the United States, and Ukraine’s military denounced any connection.
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  • Trump’s Antifa Tweet: Conflation and Confusion

    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    U.S. President

    “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”

    There is no such thing as a designation for domestic terror groups, although the Justice Department and FBI can and do work with state and local law enforcement officials to investigate groups suspected of criminal activities.
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  • Chinese Disinfo Hits U.S. Biolab With New COVID-19 Conspiracy

    Global Times

    Global Times

    “Days before the institution's (Fort Detrick laboratory) temporary shutdown in 2019, a respiratory illness was reported on June 30 at a community one hour's drive away. The Greenspring Retirement Community in Fairfax County, Virginia, had had 63 infected cases of the disease and three deaths by July 15, said local health authorities.”

    The article provides no evidence that the nursing home outbreak was related to the coronavirus or to Fort Detrick, the U.S. Army bioresearch lab that is nearly 60 miles away in another state.
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  • China Misleads on Hong Kong Support for New Security Law

    Xinhua News Agency

    Xinhua News Agency

    "It (adoption of a new Hong Kong security law) also showed that all the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, have demonstrated their common belief and strong determination to safeguard national security."

    Last year’s overwhelming win by pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong’s election and recent polls show majority disapproval of Chinese government authority in the city.
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  • Were the Russian Ventilators Really ‘Free?’

    Maria Zakharova

    Maria Zakharova

    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

    “First, Russia rendered assistance by sending a plane with domestic medical items and equipment to New York at a time when the coronavirus situation there was stressful. Now that the U.S. has boosted the production of ventilators, Washington can support Russia’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, so it offered to help and this move was agreed on and is now being implemented. Both examples illustrate sincere humanitarian gestures, cooperation in an emergency situation and rendering assistance for free. Russia and the United States each paid their respective costs for the equipment they supplied.”

    In fact, the U.S. State Department said the government paid for the ventilators from Russia. They were returned due to a voltage incompatibility, and the same model was blamed for deadly fires at Russian hospitals.
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  • MiGs in Libya, Contradicting Moscow's Denials

    Andrey Krasov

    Andrey Krasov

    deputy chair of the Russian State Duma’s Defense Committee

    "[This is] yet another American scary tale. This is fake and disinformation in the spirit of previous American administrations." (Responding to U.S. military reports that Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya.)

    Independent sources, including those critical of the U.S., released evidence showing Russian deployment of military planes in support of the Libyan National Army, which is fighting against the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord.
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  • Russian News Site Distorts U.S. Coronavirus Poll

    News Front

    News Front

    a pro-Kremlin news site

    “Every fourth American is against taking anti-COVID-19 vaccine.”

    News Front cherry-picked results from a U.S. survey to falsely turn some Americans’ lack of interest in a coronavirus vaccine into outright opposition.
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