Countering Disinformation

Russian Disinformation Against Ukraine

For decades our Strategic Competitors have used disinformation to deceive the public, undermine faith in our governing institutions, stoke fear, and achieve political goals. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has been an unprecedented level of propaganda from Russian and Chinese sources targeting DTRA projects, specifically the Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP), in Ukraine.

In an effort to increase transparency about DTRA projects in Ukraine and elsewhere, we have consolidated information about BTRP below.

 
 
 
May 25, 2022

Inside the Ukrainian facility at the heart of Russia's "biological war l...

CBS News visited a DTRA-assisted biolab in Kyiv to debunk the conspiracy theories that they are biological weapons facilities.

May 17, 2022

No, the US has not built a biological weapons lab at Kemri

Disarming disinformation isn't just happening in the country of Ukraine. Propaganda spreads to other countries where DTRA continues to do good work for our partners.

April 10, 2022

Dr. Pope Interviewed for CBC News: The National

Dr. Robert Pope is interviewed by CBC News in an investigative report that exposes how a QAnon conspiracy theory about U.S.-funded 'Biolabs' in Ukraine morphed into mainstream disinformation.

March 22, 2022

Disarming Russia's Bioweapons Disinformation

""The Departments of State and Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Programs support and build partner nations’ capacity to secure pathogen collections and strengthen laboratory infrastructure." "

March 15, 2022

The Often Subtle Distinction Between Anti-U.S. and Pro-Putin Rhetoric

The Washington Post provides brief timeline of events that took a little noticed post about covert weapons research from an anti-vaccine activist to the country’s most watched cable news network.

March 9, 2022

U.S. Dismisses Russian Claims of Biowarfare Labs in Ukraine

"The United State denied renewed Russian accusations that Washington was operating biowarfare labs in Ukraine, suggesting Moscow may be laying the groundwork to use a chemical or biological weapon.

March 9, 2022

In Ukraine, U.S.-Military-Linked Labs Could Provide Fodder for Russian D...

"US officials are trying to prevent the Russian military from capturing pathogens stored in US-affiliated research labs in Ukraine, where they could potentially mischaracterize activities at the facilities."

March 5, 2022

The 46 US Labs in Ukraine and the $200 Pentagon Program That Sparked a P...

"A Pentagon program meant to secure and dismantle weapons of mass destruction across 46 Ukrainian laboratories has helped fuel a propaganda war accusing the US of funding bioweapons research."

Feb. 8, 2022

Russian Media Spreading Disinformation About U.S. Bioweapons as Troops M...

Some outlets the US State Department highlighted as Kremlin proxy media in a 2020 report on Russian media disinformation have amplified messaging around supposed US biological malfeasance in Ukraine."