Those abroad who regard themselves as pro-Russian and especially anyone who admires President Putin must acknowledge his COVID and vaccine stances even if they still disagree with them since it’s counterproductive to his international reputation to remain delusional by imagining that he’s against the prevailing scientific consensus on these issues.
Many folks who regard themselves as Non-Russian Pro-Russians (NRPR) are apparently under the illusion that President Putin is against the prevailing scientific consensus on COVID-19 and vaccines. One need only to frequent pro-Russian and -Putin groups on social media to see how many people hold this false belief. It’s unclear exactly how they came to arrive at these conclusions considering the fact that the Russian leader has always been very upfront about his views towards these issues, but it might very well be due to the fake news that proliferates like wildfire about him across the Alt-Media Community (AMC). There are regrettably some people who profit from spreading these false narratives by generating ad revenue for their sites through clickbait and/or soliciting donations from naive but well-intended followers.
In any case, President Putin once again attempted to put to rest all the speculation about his views during Wednesday’s live Q&A session with the Russian people. Lasting nearly four hours, as is typical for these yearly events, the head of state naturally spoke about a wide range of issues. One of those that he spent the most time on and which started off the discussion was COVID-19. Not only did President Putin implore his people to get vaccinated as soon as possible, but he also very strongly condemned all those who question the official narrative about the virus and vaccines. In his own words as reported by TASS, “I have heard lots of things: that there is nothing, that no epidemic exists. Sometimes I hear what people, adult, educated people on the face of it, say. I don’t know why they say that it is a conspiracy of the leaders of all countries. Do they understand what is going on in the world, how many contradictions the present-day world is living with? They just up and conspired – it is absolute nonsense.”
It also deserves mentioning that head of the monitoring group tracking actions taken to interfere in Russia’s sovereign affairs in the period of preparing and holding the Russian legislative elections Vladimir Dzhabarov publicly speculated earlier in the week that the anti-vaxx narratives spreading throughout Russian society might be the work of Western agents in order to meddle in the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections.