A British spy admits to killing Princess Diana on the instructions of Prince Philip

Summary

A former British intelligence agent named John Hopkins (80 years old) has confessed on his death bed to the assassination of 23 personalities, from activists to politicians and journalists between 1973 and 1999. He also confessed to assassinating Princess Diana after being instructed to do so by Prince Philip.

Disproof

This case is a well-documented fake. As Sputnik’s host Nawaf Ibrahim clearly stated, the source of this information, upon which he based his whole radio show, was the “YourNewsWire” website. According to “Poynter Institute” YourNewsWire is “one of the most popular fake news publishers in the world”. Several debunking websites, such as Snopes and the French website 20 Minutes have already proven that the "John Hopkins' Confessions" is false. Moreover, the image accompanying the story originated with a 2010 news report about a veteran’s hospital care in Australia, not a 2017 “deathbed confession” in the United Kingdom.

YourNewsWire, which has rebranded itself as NewsPunch, has taken down the article that was published in 2017.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK
  • Keywords: fake news, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Arabic Radio
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WWII commemorations in Poland: Non-invitation of Russia is NATO information campaign

NATO is behind the decision not to invite Russia to the commemorations of the beginning of the Second World War.

A classic campaign has taken place there. This was carried out according to curricula drawn up in advance by NATO. All this is an information campaign and it had an absolutely unsightly, very dangerous break in Warsaw.

The commemoration ceremony in Warsaw is a colossal fake that goes beyond the bounds of what is permitted […] The events in Warsaw were announced as events to mark the beginning of the Second World War, but have turned into a classic campaign to rewrite history and disinformation. The mass media generally had nothing to do with it.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's anti-Russian actions.

Poland's decision not to invite the Russian delegation to WWII commemoration ceremony has to do with Russian aggression against Ukraine. Krzysztof Szczerski, Chief adviser to the Polish president, stated in March 2019 that the anniversary ceremony will be held “in the company of countries with whom Poland now cooperates closely for peace, based on the respect for international law, for the sovereignty of nations and of their territories”. This point was reiterated by Jacek Sasin, Polish Deputy Prime Minister in July, who said: "I think it would be inappropriate to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the armed aggression against Poland with the participation of a leader who today treats his neighbours using the same methods."

Ukraine fell under Western control after a coup d’état in 2014

Ukraine is captured by the West which organised a coup d’état in the country on 22 February 2014.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the belligerent West and its involvement in the war in Ukraine, stating that the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests resulted in an illegal coup, as well as painting the West as the puppet-master of Ukrainian politics.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

Ukraine is an anti-Russian project

As a state, Ukraine is an Anti-Russia. Ukraine cannot be anything but an Anti-Russia.

 

Disproof

This is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation conspiracy narrative about Ukraine and an anti-Russian project, questioning the statehood of Ukraine: similar cases here and here.

Ukraine is a sovereign nation-state, not an anti-Russian project. In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union.The Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine was adopted on 16 July 1990.