Russian Disinformation During Corona Crisis and Beyond
China and Russia actively "disinforming" during the pandemic
During the first six months of the pandemic, that is, since the introduction of lockdowns in Europe and other Western countries, China has primarily observed an attempt to change the narrative that the pandemic began within its borders, said Nad’a Kovalčíková from the Alliance for Securing Democracy operating at the German Marshall Fund.
"China has tried to shift the blame for the late reaction to address a new type of virus which began in China’s Wuhan and wanted to rehabilitate its image. This was done not only through media publications but also through providing medical aid or selling hygienic masks or protective equipment to certain countries. It was the so-called mask diplomacy," said the expert.