The New York Times
April 20, 2020

The New York Times reported that Vladimir Putin and his agents have repeatedly planted and spread the idea that viral epidemics were sown by American scientists, as well as the idea that vaccines are not safe. 

Sandra Quinn, professor of family science, who has followed Putin's vaccine scares for more than a half-decade, told The New York Times that Putin was drawing on an old playbook. 

“The difference now is the speed with which it spreads, and the denigration of the institutions that we rely on to understand the truth,” Quinn said. “I think we’re in dangerous territory.”

Putin has disseminated false information about radio waves, bioengineered genes, industrial chemicals and more, sowing confusion over what’s safe and what’s dangerous, The New York Times reported. 

Analysts say that Putin’s goal is to undermine American officials and damage American science.

Quinn told reporters that Mr. Putin’s salvos are targeting “the institutions that we rely on to understand the truth.”

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