The Russian foreign ministry, top-level diplomats, main state-controlled TV channels and global companies like Russia Today and Sputnik are all involved in delivering multiple theories on the poisoning.
Pro-Kremlin outlets went into overdrive in response to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement blaming Moscow for the poisoning and attempted murder of former Russian spy Skripal on British soil. It can be hard to find your way out once you are in the disinformation swamp. Don’t step into it.
Repetition is one of the most powerful and frequent techniques used by the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign. And framing Russia as a victim of Western aggression and “Russophobia” is one of the key disinforming narratives. This week, we saw both neatly combined.
In pro-Kremlin disinformation, it is sanctions – and not the illegal action they respond to – that are referred to as undermining global stability. This is confusing cause and effect: a case of the chicken or the egg.
White Helmets are discredited and framed as collaborating with terrorists by pro-Kremlin disinformation.
Amid the noise of disinformation, one of the regular techniques is the repetition of extreme language.