Russia has mounted a fake news campaign that blames the West for the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Canadian report Wednesday.

Professor Sergey Sukhankin from the University of Calgary said in the report, “COVID-19 as a Tool of Information Confrontation: Russia’s Approach,” that Russia is using a three-pronged initiative: simple, tricky and sophisticated messaging.

The simple category targets the segment of the Russian population that is likely to have the least knowledge of the pandemic and reaches them via biased media, bloggers and fake reports from Russians living in North America and the EU to sow discontent with

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