Scientists are beginning ask whether the European measles epidemic was bolstered by Russian trolls who infiltrated anti-vaccination groups to spread the Kremlin's agenda. https://t.co/mAVIEYbesu pic.twitter.com/CFe1a2xleN
— Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (@RFERL) February 13, 2019
When I suggested that in 2-3 more decades Russia will become responsible for the Holocaust, with attendant criminal penalties for its denial in many Western countries, it was said three quarters in jest. But perhaps it should have been fully half serious.
But more to the point, I recently came across this infographic of Ukraine’s measles vaccination rate over the years:
What do we see?
- Plummeting immunization rates during the late Orange regime.
- Modest recovery under Yanukovych’s regime.
- Another collapse under the Maidan regime, albeit with a partial recovery at the end.
In other words, all of its declines in immunization rates happened precisely when Ukraine was deepest under American influence. Which makes sense, the US being the historic heartland of the anti-vax movement, which presumably makes inroads whenever fundamentalist West Ukrainian country bumpkins come to power.
At least this seems like a more plausible explanation that the current narrative in which Russian trolls are trotted out just as Europe, led by the Ukraine, experience a surge in measles outbreaks – which in the Ukraine’s case clearly stems from the collapse in immunization rates precisely during the time when the West’s people were in power there.
Fortunately, there is RFERL to let everyone know that RUSSIAN TROLLS ARE SPREADING ANTI-VAX DEZINFORMATSIYA AND KILLING YOUR CHILDREN.