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Feature | April 30, 2020

A Rapid Response to COVID-19’s Effect on Communities

By Erik Herron (Minerva)

Erik Herron is continuing research from his Minerva-funded project “The Central Eurasian State Capacity Initiative” to uncover how the Russian government is using the COVID-19 pandemic to spread disinformation in its neighboring countries. Later this month, Herron and his team will survey citizens from Ukraine, Estonia and Georgia to assess how disinformation affects their attitudes and behaviors. They hope to better understand how the pandemic is affecting citizens’ perceptions of their country’s capacity to provide essential services and how disinformation distorts their perceptions.