The coronavirus outbreak in China has provided fertile ground for conspiracy theories and misinformation on the web everywhere, but in Russia they are spreading the news in prime time.

Russian television is also unique in having a consistent general momentum: that Western elites and especially the US are somehow guilty.

One of the main national television networks, Channel One, has even launched a regular space dedicated to coronavirus conspiracy theories in its main evening news program, Vremya (“Weather”).

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