In the first days of the aggression against Ukraine, it became the Kremlin's need not only to find a way to defeat Kiev, but also to justify brutal raids, bombings and rocket attacks on cities, hospitals and orphanages.
For only the Russian public or enthusiasts at Lavrov's press conferences want to hear about "denazification". Internet trolls popularise this content for money, people manipulated by them, deserving to be called useful idiots of the Kremlin - with enthusiasm, but it is still not enough.
In the minds of the propaganda specialists, therefore, a devilish idea was born, a supposedly brilliant idea, but, as I shall show shortly, a rehashed one, and in addition based on an almost phenomenal pseudoscience. What is this idea? How about accusing Ukraine of possessing and perfecting biological weapons?
The very term 'bioweapons' is a frightening one, and one hears the thud of the horses on which the riders of the Apocalypse ride. After two years of pandemics, it is all the more frightening. Add to this the vision of bats and research into equipping viruses with additional functions ('gain-function studies') to turn them into weapons, and it is hard to shake off the fear.
Only that the troll farms that are now talking about laboratories in Ukraine were previously talking about SARS-CoV-2 developed in a Chinese laboratory. Perhaps it would have been more prudent to talk about a Ukrainian lab then? The Russian invasion had been planned for at least a year anyway. This is true, but in a situation where the Kremlin has not even ensured that the army is supplied with fuel and bread, the pretexts have not been worked out either. br>
It is hard not to feel disappointed that serious world media, such as the BBC and the Washington Post, have even bothered to fact-check such revelations, instead of just knocking themselves on the forehead and explaining to the public why, simply from a scientific point of view, it is a humbug and there is no point in pursuing the subject further. What they have not done, I must, because what saddens me most about this whole issue is how a lack of knowledge in the natural sciences is once again putting the European population at risk and making self-destructive decisions.