19 Mar 2020 10:35

Russian Defense Ministry calls social networks' info about Shoigu's Moscow curfew order fake

MOSCOW. March 19 (Interfax) - The Russian Defense Ministry has dismissed as fake a document published on social networks that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu allegedly ordered a curfew in Moscow as part of efforts to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

"An alleged 'order' of the Defense Ministry of Russia regarding the 'enactment of a curfew' in the city of Moscow that has been circulated on social networks is a roughly stuck-together fake story disseminated by representatives of one neighboring country," the ministry said in a statement shared with Interfax on Wednesday.

"The Defense Ministry has not issued and cannot issue in principle any such documents either content-wise or form-wise. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are carrying out their service as usual," it said.