East StratCom disinformation claim:
Dangerous laboratory experiments are performed on living human subjects at the Richard Lugar Microbiological Laboratory in Georgia and the existence of this laboratory is a pretext for confrontation between Georgia and Russia.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 26. February 2017
The laboratories are a reoccuring target for disinformation by pro-Kremlin outlets, in 2016 pro-Kremlin outlets claimed that the laboratories spread H1N1 virus. An outline of previous disinformation can be sen at Myth Detetctor http://eurocommunicator.ge/eng/view_myth/709. Lugar Laboratory Center is the only one in Georgia, in the Caucasus and Central Asia, which has a Level 3 Biosafety standard and they are accredited by the World Health Organisation.
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by Myth Detector in Disinformation Review issue 62. The item is located at row number 8 in the report.