DISINFO: Allegations of Russian role in Vrbetice explosion are part of informational preparation for new Cold war
  • Outlet: baltnews.lt (archived)*
  • Date of publication: April 24, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 241
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia, US, UK, Poland, Czech Republic
GRU Russophobia Anti-Russian Diplomacy with Russia Secret services New Cold War Vrbetice explosion

DISINFO: Allegations of Russian role in Vrbetice explosion are part of informational preparation for new Cold war


The expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US, the UK, Poland, and the Czech Republic, the accusation of Russian secret service of involving in the Vrbětice explosion: all of this is the informational preparation for the next level of the new Cold war.

Washington and its allies are ready to expel diplomats for any fictional reason and without explanation to society.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative which automatically dismisses any accusations against the Kremlin, no matter how well-founded, as trumped-up anti-Russian smears.

The explosion in Vrbětice happened in 2014. In April 2021, new information about this event has come to light. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek announced on Saturday 17 April 2021 that the Czech intelligence services collected evidence demonstrating Russian involvement in the Vrbětice incident. More specifically, it implicates Unit 29155, a division of Russia's GRU agency previously linked to "assassination attempts and other subversive actions across Europe." Prague's findings were independently corroborated in the course of an investigation jointly conducted by Bellingcat, The Insider (Russia), Der Spiegel (Germany), and Respekt.cz (Czech Republic).

See the development of a similar narrative: Czech allegations against Russia aim to overshadow failed attempt on Lukashenka’s life; No evidence of Moscow’s involvement in 2014 Vrbetice explosion; Allegations of Russian role in Vrbetice explosion part of Russophobic smear campaign.


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