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Russian Blogger’s Disinformative Video Disseminated by “Georgia First”

9 April, 2020

On April 5, a Facebook user, Levan Kordzadze published a video captioned “Empty hospitals in Spain. I don’t understand what’s happening!!!! Is this true?”. The video comes with a Russian caption that says “Part 1. Spain” and features a man, speaking in Russian, who moves in front of a hospital. The man says that the building of the hospital he is recording, is empty and that the information on the spread of coronavirus is exaggerated. As of April 8, this post had 6,600 shares, 501 comments, and more than 1,000 reactions. Kordzaia’s video has been also shared by a page “საქართველო უპირველეს ყოვლისა” (“Georgia First”).

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The original of the published video belongs to a Russian blogger Vyachslav Osievskiy. He published the full video of the Spanish hospital on his YouTube channel on March 28, 2020. As of April 8, the video had 17,000 likes and more than 7,000 comments. In the video, Osievskiy says that the hospital, recorded by him, “is one of the largest and it is now empty”.

Footage from the original video.

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The video shows several banners, as well as two bus stops, which allows us to find out the location of the video footage. According to Google Maps, this is one of the largest hospitals in Barcelona - Hospital de Sant Joan Despí Moisès Broggi. The video starts from one of the sides of the building, then the author of the video goes along the side of the building where two bus stops are located, and then the author turns right, where the entrance of the hospital is visible.

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View of the hospital from the satellite and the trajectory of the video’s author.

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This is one of the largest hospitals in Barcelona and it is currently working with full capacity to fight the coronavirus. The official webpage of the hospital has up-to-date information on the patients, infected with the coronavirus. There are lots of photos and videos, showing that the hospital is not empty. The webpage also includes a video, showing the exact entrance, which the Russian blogger recorded. The video was recorded on April 3 and shows a round of applause, given to the medical staff of the hospital.

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Russian blogger’s video claiming that the hospital is closed.

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Video, published by the hospital.

The official webpage of the hospital also includes other photos that show the fight against the coronavirus.

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