Moscow stirs fear of American germs

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    俄罗斯军方再次对美国在佐治亚州的一个研究实验室发起了恐吓行动,这次也将阿塞拜疆,乌克兰和乌兹别克斯坦也纳入其中。
    像通常那样,秋天的来临给人们带来了流感和阴谋论。消息传出是莫斯科关于美国生物迫在眉睫即将发生的季节性谈话的消息,该谈话将从俄罗斯附近的医学研究实验室发起。

    在这种情况下,俄罗斯猪已经成为未来对人类发动进攻的第一批受害者。这是 俄罗斯国防部最近一次新闻发布会的暗示,该 新闻发布会指出,猪流感已从邻国佐治亚州传播到俄罗斯,佐治亚州是美国资助的医学研究实验室卢加实验室的所在地。

    正如俄罗斯首席电视宣传员德米特里·基谢列夫(Dmitry Kiselyov)著名的是不会说:“巧合吗?我不这么认为。”

    莫斯科正准备让事情变得更糟。伊戈尔·基里洛夫少将 在10月4日的新闻发布会上说: “美国正在系统地发展其生物潜能,并正在控制全国范围内的病原微生物的收集 。”

    俄罗斯国防官员称,美国在佐治亚州资助的医学实验室是“围绕阿塞拜疆,乌克兰和乌兹别克斯坦”在俄罗斯周围建立的类似设施网络中的母舰,这些设施可以作为俄罗斯发动细菌战的发射台。

    这些指控并不新鲜。格鲁吉亚的流行病学监测实验室旨在防止流行病的爆发,长期以来一直是偏执狂爆发的原因。

    美国政府花费了3.5亿美元在第比利斯建立了该设施,使该设施具备了检测和减轻传染病威胁的区域无与伦比的能力。该实验室(正式名称为Richard G. Lugar公共卫生研究中心)以前美国参议员和不扩散激进主义者的名字命名,因此是Lugar Lab的缩写。

    但是,由于美国的资助和美国军医的介入,该实验室成为俄罗斯最受欢迎的信息战沙袋之一,目的是破坏其与华盛顿的邻居关系。俄罗斯国营媒体定期以强烈的恐吓行动 将实验室 作为攻击目标,将设施描述为由五角大楼经营的生化武器培养皿,佐治亚人毫无戒心地充当实验室老鼠。

    俄罗斯的人造卫星新闻网最近发表了一篇不祥的报道,“当地居民告诉我们有关卢格实验室的恐怖故事” 。一位当地老妇告诉史普尼克说:“风带来的是恶臭的气味,就像是从实验室出来的臭臭一样。”

    俄罗斯国家电视台REN TV)较早的报道报道了 一位格鲁吉亚老年人,他住在实验室附近,“在每个人的眼前都在浪费”。任电视的通讯员说,这名妇女的健康问题始于“前空姐感觉到街道上有难闻的气味。她呼吸到空气,立即晕倒了。”

    故事继续声称,从2014年起,该实验室在佐治亚州释放出携带病毒感染的巨型蚊子和蝙蝠。

    These tales tend to be laced with images of dead animals, biohazards signs and spooky video effects, and sci-fi horror tropes (think Andromeda Strain or Kiss Me Deadly). This correspondent visited the Lugar Lab last year and was disappointed to find a prosaic-looking research facility with no terrible stench, dead animals, or human subjected to experiments, but Russia can always argue that journalists don’t to get to see everything.

    Russian news stories about the lab rely heavily on “revelations” coming from one eccentric American living in Tbilisi, a certain Jeffrey Silverman, who says that the U.S. will use bioweapons developed in Georgia to depopulate the Middle East and take over its oil. Despite a lack of evident expertise or knowledge, Silverman is held up as a bona fide American whistle-blower in the Russian media. “That lab is a time-bomb,” he intimated in an interview with REN TV.

    But the source of the latest outbreak of ex-Soviet mysophobia is a shadowy former Georgian security minister, Igor Giorgadze. In September, Giorgadze called a press conference in Moscow to declare that the American military was conducting lethal experiments on humans in the Lugar Lab and that it is all part of Washington’s Strangelovian plans for Moscow. Giorgadze based his claims on documents that he allegedly obtained from the lab.

    Giorgadze claimed that he had asked U.S. President Donald Trump to look into the work of the Lugar Lab. Trump has not said or tweeted anything about the lab, but Russian security and defense ministries followed up with a warning for Washington.

    In Georgia, Giorgadze is widely seen as the KGB’s point man that late former President Eduard Shevardnadze was forced by Moscow to have as minister in his government. Giorgadze fled Georgia in 1995 after being accused of orchestrating an attempt on Shevardnadze’s life. Russian propaganda watchers are now saying that Giorgadze and Russian officials’ statements are part of a carefully planned information campaign, spread and amplified by Russian and pro-Russian international media.

    “The reemergence of Russian media interest in the Lugar case coincides with charging [of] two Russian citizens in Britain with attempted poisoning of Sergei Skripal, [a] former Russian GRU office, and his daughter, Yulia,” said the Media Development Foundation, a Tbilisi-based non-profit group that keeps tabs on Russian propaganda. Some also linked the recent Russian preoccupation with biolabs with the series of indictments against Russian spies in the U.S., Britain and the Netherlands.

    The Pentagon echoed that analysis, with spokesman Eric Pahon saying that the Russian defense ministry’s claims were an “attempt to divert attention from Russia’s bad behavior on many fronts,” AP reported.

    Officials in Georgia and Azerbaijan also refuted Moscow’s accusations. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said the country has no foreign government-operated medical laboratory, while Georgian officials said that the Lugar Lab, although built with American money, is now fully controlled by Georgian authorities. U.S. military medical researchers continue to work at the Lugar Lab and insist that their work is entirely public health-oriented, but Moscow is not buying it.

    In an unsuccessful attempt to assuage Russian concerns, the Lugar Lab’s Georgian management has repeatedly invited Russia journalists to tour the facility, but it hardly helped matters. “When Russian media representatives come visit the Lugar Center, they are all smiles,” said Paata Imnadze, head of Georgia’s National Center of Disease Control, which operates the Lugar Lab, in an interview with local news site ipress.ge. “But then they go back and spread dirt.”
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