Russian Prosecutors Order Deletion Of Corona Conspiracy Videos From YouTube, Social Media

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
May. 06, 2020

Russia is punishing anti-lockdown protesters and coronavirus conspiracy theorists with fines and prison and ordering the deletion of conspiracy videos from Russian social media.

From The Moscow Times, "Claims of Coronavirus' Manmade Origin Are Fake, Russia Says":
Russian prosecutors have shot down online conspiracy theories about the coronavirus’ manmade origins as fake, the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement Wednesday.

Prosecutors ordered Russia's media watchdog to delete videos claiming that Covid-19 "is a genetically modified bioweapon artificially created to implant microchips into the population and establish a global world order" from YouTube and Russian social networking website Odnoklassniki. The videos also claimed that the virus was created to "destroy humanity under the guise of vaccination" and that numerology could predict its spread.

"Neither the World Health Organization nor the Russian government or other official authorities have confirmed information about the artificial manufacture of coronavirus," the prosecutor’s office statement said.

[...] Its statement follows a high-profile controversy that emerged after a state-run broadcaster pulled reruns of a popular film director's show which accuse U.S. billionaire Bill Gates of trying to inject microchips into people to control the population. The director, Nikita Mikhalkov, accused the Rossia 24 broadcaster of censorship.

It also comes amid a war of words between the United States and China over the origins of Covid-19. U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said that the virus originated in a Wuhan lab, while the Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesman claimed that the U.S. military may have brought it to China.

Russia last month passed a law punishing those who spread "intentionally false" information about the coronavirus with up to five years in prison. A number of Russian social media users have been fined under the new law, and several anti-lockdown protesters have been charged under the law.

Russia has confirmed 165,929 coronavirus cases, making it seventh in the world, as of Wednesday. It has begun reporting Europe's largest number of daily infections, with more than 10,000 new cases per day since Sunday.
Incidentally, I don't see any of the vocal Russiophobic leftists complaining about this on social media.

They're probably licking their lips.

As we saw in The Atlantic last month, our ruling oligarchs want the same censorship regime here in America.



I don't think this virus is a bioweapon and strongly believe the US government's claims it was leaked from a Chinese lab are just war propaganda (they need someone to blame with 30-50 million Americans unemployed) but it has become abundantly clear our "authorities" are just using the virus as an excuse to seize power.


While some of the out there conspiracy theories probably aren't helpful, there's no question that officials ordering people to stay locked in their homes and depriving them of fresh air and sunshine while the weather is nice deprives them of vitamin D, weakens their immune systems and is likely getting people killed.


Meanwhile, when states like Florida try to find a middle ground and ease some lockdown measure to allow people to get out in nature the media responds with hysterical headlines implying the lifting of the lockdown caused immediate mass death -- which is just as dishonest and fake as the wildest conspiracy theories.


Neither the media's hysteria or the most paranoid of conspiracy theories are particularly helpful but perhaps on a metaphysical level they work to balance each other out.

Unfortunately, with the mass censorship regime Big Tech rolled out in the wake of this virus we're getting mostly just media hysteria.

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