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A Kremlin-sponsored disinformation campaign claims that a new deadly virus is actually a biological weapon developed in a secret U.S. laboratory. Is it 1983? Or is it 2020?

Actually, it’s both. Because when it comes to Russian active measures, the more things change, the more they stay the same. From the HIV-AIDS to the anti-vaxxer movement to the covid-19 crisis, false narratives about public health issues have long been a key vector of Russian disinformation and malign influence operations.

So what do Kremlin campaigns of the past teach us about what we are facing today?

Listen to the Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore, Donald N. Jensen, and special guest John Sipher untangle the latest from Moscow.

Intro Audio Clip: “Message from the President to the Federal Assembly” by the President of Russia under CC BY 4.0.

Photo: “Visit to Almazov National Medical Research Centre” by the President of Russia under CC BY 4.0.  

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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June 5, 2020

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.