Disinfo: British authorities are exploiting the Skripal-case for anti-Russian propaganda

Summary

The real similarity between the case of Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko is the cynical way that the British authorities are exploiting it for anti-Russian propaganda.

It seems highly significant that Russia’s presidential elections are due to take place later this month. What better way to smear the expected electoral victory of incumbent president Vladimir Putin than to accuse the Kremlin of carrying out an assassination plot on British soil against a former Russian spy?

Disproof

Alexander Litvinenko, was poisoned with radioactive polonium 210 in 2006. An inquiry into the murder, led by High Court judge Sir Robert Owen, found, in 2016, that Litvinenko was murdered by a former Russian agent, Andrey Lugovoi, with the “strong probability” that the murder was ordered by Russian intelligence.

The nerve agent that poisoned Skripal has been identified as Novichok (which means newcomer in Russian). It is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s https://www.voanews.com/a/british-prime-minister-russia-poisoning-spy/4294683.html. It's so unusual, that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with it and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html

For other examples of many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, see: euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 101
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack, Propaganda, Russophobia, Conspiracy, Alexander Litvinenko, Sputnik

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UK poisoned the Russian ex-spy Skripal to stage a boycott of the coming World Cup in Russia

The UK staged the attack on Skripal to “feed their Russophobia” and stage a boycott of the soccer world cup, to be held in Russia this summer.

Disproof

No evidence given. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/, , and it is not the first time pro-Kremlin disinformation weaponises sport euvsdisinfo.eu/weaponising-the-olympics/, .

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=,

Americans poisoned Russian ex-spy Skripal and daughter to spread Russophobia

Americans poisoned these people in order to destabilize the world, inflame the wave of Russophobia and force the UK to isolate Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/, .

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=,

Pointing a finger at Russia regarding Russian ex-spy poisoning is Russophobia

Slow deaths are good for news stories. Just as Litvinenko was being slowly poisoned with weak poison, this comrade [Skripal] is being slowly poisoned with weak poison to prolong Western news coverage.

Disproof

No evidence given. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/, .

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=,