New and old public figures spreading disinformation
Eva Hrindová, Czech pro-Kremlin activist who formerly spread disinformation about migration, now focuses on vaccination and COVID -19. According to her, vaccination against COVID -19 is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
Jiří Maria Mašek, Czech conspirator, wrote an open letter to Vladimir Putin in 2016 complaining about the Czech media and politicians. He is currently spreading conspiracy theories - that “ COVID is not a virus ” - and encouraging citizens not to comply with government measures . He also believes that the only solution to the current situation would be a military coup.
Jiří Černohorský, one of the most loyal pro-Kremlin collaborators in the Czech Republic, established a new group called Civic Movement alongside the editor-in-chief of the Czech version of the InfoWars conspiracy website and the former chairman of the Znojmo cell of the far-right extremist party DSSS. Party members quarrelled a few days after the establishment of the movement and Černohorský was expelled. However, the original Civic Movement group still exists and plans to hold protest rallies against governmental measures, since, according to them, there is no coronavirus pandemic.
Andrej Danko, former Chairman of the National Council of Slovakia, is a long-time supporter of the Kremlin’s regime. After his electoral failure and his party’s removal from the Slovak Parliament, he is calling on the Prime Minister to urgently secure the purchase of a Russian vaccine against COVID -19. His statements were widely used by disinformation websites which largely oppose vaccination but made an exception for the Russian Sputnik V.