U.S. Covered Up Attempts by Japan to Construct Ethnic-Racial Bioweapons
Of all the Western reactions to Russia’s claims of a U.S. biological warfare program aimed at its country, none have reached the pitch of hysterical ridicule as Russia’s claim that the U.S. is seeking a biological weapon aimed specifically at ethnic Russians.
Indeed, a March 22, 2022 article in Duma-TV quoted deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Health Sergey Leonov [machine translation] as accusing the West of funding “the most terrible and vile research… the creation of genetically selective strains of viruses that infect this or that people, this or that ethnic group.” Leonov cited research being conducted against Slavs in general, not just Russians.
But the ethnic bioweapon issue was raised by Russia long before the Ukraine invasion, at least as far back as May 2007, when the chief of Russia’s FSB, Nikolai Patrushev, told Vladimir Putin (machine translation) that bio-samples from clinical trials sent to medical centers in the West were being used in a “program for the development of ‘genetic biological weapons’ against the Russian population.”
The “medical centers” accused included the Harvard School of Public Health, the American International Health Alliance, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, and the Indian Genome Institute. The Russian article described what it called “very fantastic details of the development of a ‘bioweapon’ that is supposed to be ‘ethnically oriented’ — that is, capable of damaging the health of members of the Russian people, including infertility and death.” As a result of these fears, Russia banned sending bio-samples out of the country in 2007, a policy that has been much criticized.
Genetic engineering of bioweapons?
“War propaganda,” claimed Douglas Selvage at The Wilson Center, regarding the recent claims of a U.S/Ukrainian ethnic bioweapon. “Another disinformation narrative,” said Roman Osadchuk of the pro-NATO Atlantic Council. The Intercept quoted Russian biologist Eugene Lewitin, who belittled Russia’s charges of an ethnic germ weapon as an “absolutely wild idea.” The “existence of special ‘DNA of the Slavs,’ which could be used to target ethnic Russians with a biological weapon… ‘is nonsense’ that echoes ‘German…