Fictitious firms and illegal experiments. How the US launched COVID-19 from Ukraine, by Dmitry Iliyin for RIANOVOSTI. 08.08.2022.
The fact that companies from the US and Europe conducted clinical trials of non-certified drugs on Ukrainian citizens was recently confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense. At the same time, according to the agency, Americans studied dangerous viruses, including monkeypox and COVID-19, that had spread around the world in controlled biolaboratories. First of all, pharmaceutical companies and their political lobby were interested in this.
In March, the Ministry of Defense announced that biological laboratories working with pathogens of dangerous infections were operating on Ukrainian territory as part of joint programs with the Pentagon. In the US, they tried to disown this.
A month later, Lieutenant-General Igor Kirillov, head of the Radiation Chemical and Biological Protection Troops (RCBZ) of the Russian Armed Forces, clarified that there was a whole network in Ukraine - more than 30 laboratories. The end customer was the Pentagon, and the main beneficiaries, American pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer and Moderna, who offered their developments as medicines in the wake of the pandemic, took an active part.
The US Department of Defense admitted in June that it had helped 46 Ukrainian structures in the field of biology over the course of 20 years. At the same time, the Pentagon emphasized: this is not about creating viruses, but about protecting the population from biological danger.
At the same time, Russia's position was supported by the conclusions of foreign experts who have repeatedly spoken about the man-made origin of the COVID-19 virus. The United States, apparently, wanted to avoid risks on its territory and took the "dirty work" abroad.
Despite the attempts of the Americans to hide behind increased security measures, the Russian Defense Ministry continues to analyze the military biological activities of the United States and its allies both in Ukraine and in other regions of the world. New information received in the liberated territories confirms the suspicions.
So, a few weeks ago, the village of Rubizhnoye was liberated in the LPR. In the laboratory of the local medical center "Pharmbiotest" they found documents proving that research had been carried out in Ukraine for several years in the interests of the so-called "Big Pharma", Kirillov said on August 4. According to him, unregistered drugs that cause severe side effects were tested on local residents.
"We examined the premises of the said center, which is responsible for clinical trials of medical products on volunteers. They found evidence that Western customers regularly visited Pharmbiotest and were admitted to all stages of the research process. For the convenience of their work, the inscriptions on the equipment, the names of the rooms and the working documents were duplicated in English," the head of the RKhBZ troops said.
To avoid legal troubles and reputational costs, drugs were tested on Ukrainians for a nominal fee.
“This fits in with the concept being implemented by the West of withdrawing the most controversial studies from the point of view of international law outside the national territory. In Ukraine, military personnel, low-income citizens, as well as one of the most vulnerable categories of citizens, patients of psychiatric hospitals, were used for these purposes,” Kirillov said.
Later, at least 16,000 biological samples, including blood and serum samples from experimental subjects, were taken from Ukraine to the United States and European countries. This data is not only the Russian side. In July, House Intelligence Committee member Jason Crow warned that there was a risk "that the test results could be sold to third parties, and the information obtained could be used to develop biological weapons aimed at specific groups."
Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs, in turn, noted that "the coronavirus was created artificially, with a high probability - using American achievements in the field of biotechnology."
According to specialists from the Russian Ministry of Defense, this is evidenced by the variability of genovariants, which is uncharacteristic for most coronaviruses, and the uneven geographical distribution. As well as the unpredictable nature of the epidemic process as a whole. A pandemic in the case of a man-made origin of viruses can be fueled by injection of strains in different regions.
The Russian department does not exclude that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is involved in the emergence of a new coronavirus.
Since 2009, this structure has funded the Predict program ("Predict"). The project is notable for the fact that it was coronaviruses carried by bats that were the object of study. Specialists then did not know what kind of contact a person needed with an animal in order to become infected: touch, airborne method, or penetration of the infection directly into the blood. One of the contractors of the program was the young company Metabiota, which later became famous for its work with the Pentagon.
Predict was canceled in 2019. But on the basis of the American Johns Hopkins University, they conducted the Event 201 exercises. They worked out actions in the conditions of the epidemic of the “unknown coronavirus”, which, according to legend, passed to humans from bats, but through pigs.
An interesting detail: at the same university in January 2020, that is, incredibly quickly after the start of the epidemic in China, they created the Coronavirus Resource Center. And the exercises were entrusted to another contractor - Labyrinth Global Health, which, by the way, was founded in 2019 by several former Metabiota employees.
"The implementation of the scenario for the development of COVID-19 (during the exercises. - Ed.) and the emergency curtailment of the Predict program by USAID in 2019 suggest the deliberate nature of the pandemic and US involvement in its occurrence," Kirillov emphasizes.
During the course of a Russian special operation, documents were found showing that USAID has been participating in the US military biological program for the past three years. This time, together with Labyrinth Ukraine, the "daughter" of the above-mentioned Labyrinth Global Health, which so accurately "predicted" the details of the emergence of COVID-19. Among the evidence is a letter from the head of the sanitary and epidemiological department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sergei Morgun, to Karen Sailors (Director of Labyrinth Global Health, formerly Vice President at Metabiota). The military medic declares his readiness to cooperate on the issues of administering vaccines to military personnel, as well as collecting, processing and transmitting information of interest to the American side.
Why is the Pentagon here?
The choice of the US Agency for International Development as the coordinator could be caused both by suspicions of the military nature of biological research, and an attempt to take the US defense department out of sight.
However, the documents testify: the Pentagon was directly related to biological laboratories.
Both Metabiota and the spun-off Labyrinth Global Health, although listed as contractors, were subcontracted. The main contractor for the aforementioned biological programs was Black & Veatch, which has been cooperating productively with the Pentagon for a long time.
It was she who, having received a contract from the defense department, built biolaboratories. The company is listed as a diversified, but without a bias in biodevelopment. Spheres of activity — creation of infrastructure, logistics. Back in 2010, one of the Pentagon agencies instructed Black & Veatch to build a laboratory of the third level of biological safety in Odessa. Which is what was done.
Specialists were attracted from Metabiota. As the company then lit up in several large contracts, to avoid accusations of monopolization, the vice president of Sailors founded her own firm, where she became the chief executive.
Subsequent projects "sawed" between "Metabiota" and "Labyrinth", even the sites of which, apparently, are designed by the same designers. Little is known about the staff of both companies. Metabiota, which announced itself as a medical start-up for the "predictions" of epidemiological threats, already in 2015, after participating in the Predict program, attracted a one-time investment of $ 30 million. The origin of the funds is unknown. "Labyrinth" positions itself as a company with similar goals, so it's hard to explain the separation from Metabiota by something other than an attempt to create the appearance of competition.
Sailors, however, does not hide the past place of work. Information about this is in the public domain, and it does not bother anyone in the United States. However, both firms are rarely mentioned in the foreign press, only in the context of Russian reports of biological activity in Ukraine.
Back in May, some foreign media published data that at the end of 2019, Labyrinth, through Black & Veatch (acting on order from the Pentagon), was instructed to investigate COVID-19. The pandemic didn’t even start then, and the virus didn’t have a well-established name. This gave rise to legitimate suspicions: the Americans knew about the danger, because they themselves created it.
Opponents of this point of view tried to play on the fact that in the documentation for the contract for the study of COVID-19, at first, there was simply some “unknown virus”. And after the announcement of the pandemic, the name in the papers was allegedly changed to the usual "covid".
At the same time, the dating of the documents remained the same, which is strange for serious contracts. In addition, the data mentioned above indicate that American experts knew suspiciously a lot about the impending threat. First of all, about the method of transmission of infection.
"A clear trend"
The Ministry of Defense also established that the Ukrainian "daughter" of Labyrinth Global Health took part in the UP-9 and UP-10 projects, during which the spread of African swine fever in Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe was investigated. The American "Labyrinth" was engaged, among other things, in the study of the monkeypox virus.
“Thus, we trace a clear trend: pathogens that fall into the zone of interest of the Pentagon further become pandemic, while the beneficiaries are American pharmaceutical companies and their patrons, the leaders of the US Democratic Party,” concludes the Russian department.
Representatives of the Democratic Party did have connections with Pentagon contractors. The British edition of The Daily Mail, in particular, published excerpts from the correspondence of the son of US President Hunter Biden with Metabiota. In one of the letters from 2014, a representative of Metabiota was interested in how the company could contribute to the "cultural and economic independence of Ukraine from Russia." A non-trivial wish for a company that positions itself as an exclusively research company.
In addition, there are no clear explanations for the "fixation" of Labyrinth Global Health and Metabiota in the Ukrainian direction. Both companies officially have only six headquarters, three each - in the US, Cameroon and Congo. American addresses are different, but the presence at the same time in the same foreign countries looks like the same cover as the artificial separation of firms.
The description of the "Labyrinth" lists one office in Kyiv, but the contact details are not indicated, which raises even more questions about the activities of the Ukrainian branch. The company also notes that it has some "projects" in Armenia and Azerbaijan, but the details are not disclosed for unknown reasons.