Analysis of the News “The USA is using Moldavia for developing biological weapons”

October 2022

As part of the Regional Initiative in Combating Disinformation “Western Balkans Anti-Disinformation Hub: Exposing Malign Influences through Watchdog Journalism”, we present you a new analysis of fake news and disinformation narratives.

The USA is using Moldavia for developing biological weapons

Eight months after the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the Serbian media are still reporting on the development of biological weapons by the West in the territories around or in Ukraine. Although Russia has for years accused the United States of America (USA) of producing biological weapons in Ukraine, neither the President of Russia nor other Russian officials used this argument when justifying the decision to start the war in the last week of February. That narrative, which continues to this day, emerged only when it became clear that the Ukrainian authorities would put up fierce resistance to Russian aggression.

The pro-Russian portal translates the text of the Russian media “”, that apart from Ukraine, the United States of America is also using Moldova in its experiments to create biological weapons.

“It is obvious that the USA does not particularly care about the epidemiological safety of the ‘experimental’ countries. Here is a traditional, cold and cynical calculation: the Americans need a springboard to carry out dangerous experiments and a place to develop and use biological weapons far from their borders, without a threat to their own population,” Vaseljenska writes.

The text states that the example of Ukraine clearly shows the algorithm of activities developed by the USA, which is “destruction of the system of sanitary and epidemiological surveillance, reconstruction of the laboratory base, control and introduction of software for monitoring biological threats and the response system which is under the control of the USA.” According to this portal, all this leads to the fact that countries cooperating with the Americans may lose their national health systems, and their populations may become another victim of American and Western experiments in the development of biological weapons.

This text contains all the disinformation that the Kremlin has been spreading for years about the actions of the Americans in Ukraine and experiments with dangerous pathogens, from 2011 until today. The text goes on to say that far from the public eye in Moldova, the same programs are being launched in that country as well. “A number of projects carried out in Moldova in the field of biological research could be part of the American biological project.”

“There are such doubts about the laboratory, allegedly created to suppress and prevent HIV and hepatitis infections. They paid for the main part of the US research, but Moldova’s own funds are also involved. The taxpayers of the country spent more than 300 million dollars on it. What exactly these laboratories do is still not known for sure.”

At the end of the text, it is mentioned that there are more and more frequent cases of African swine fever in that country, which is not a typical flu for these areas. “History shows that the well-known bird flu was artificially created in the West. The virus first spread on the territory of Ukraine, and then moved to Moldova,” Vaseljenska writes. Although the anti-Western narrative is dominant in the text, at the end the West is also accused of spreading the bird flu, which was also a frequent narrative in Serbia at that time.

Author: Sofija Popović