Disinfo: British intelligence connected to international terrorism and Litvinenko’s murder

Summary

On March 25, 2013, he [Berezovsky] planned to travel to Israel and even bought tickets. But instead of boarding cards, he was given a ticket to heaven. He knew too much about the British intelligence services’ true connections with international terrorists and their role in Litvinenko’s death.

Disproof

A conspiracy narrative. No evidence given to link British intelligence to international terrorism. Neither are the accusations made in enough detail to support such a huge claim.

Berezovsky had the status of political refugee in London over unfounded charges in Russia and confrontation with its president Vladimir Putin. A conspiracy theory that he was probably killed by British intelligence is recurrent.

Also, on 21 January 2016, Sir Robert Owen presided over a High-Court inquiry into the death of British citizen/Russian defector, Alexander Litvinenko. A report into Mr. Litvinenko's death was presented. It found that two Russian men, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, deliberately poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 by putting a radioactive substance, polonium-210, into his drink at a hotel. The report says that "taking full account of all the evidence and analysis available to me, I find that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin".

See other disinformation cases on MI6 (British intelligence) which is routinely accused of escalation in Nagorno Karabakh, Skripal and Navalny's poisonings in order to destabilise Russia in the frame of a secret plan.

See also disinformation narratives on Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Litvinenko.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Boris Berezovsky, Terrorism, MI6, Alexander Litvinenko

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US Embassy in Tbilisi set rules for Georgian election

Take, for example, the last parliamentary elections in Georgia. The election was held in accordance with the rules set out at the US Embassy in Tbilisi.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory in this op-ed for Spuntik Azeri about the recent Parliamentary elections in Georgia claiming that they were held in accordance with the rules set out at the US Embassy in Tbilisi. ODIHR’s Limited Election Observation Mission in their statement of preliminary findings and conclusions stated that, “The elections were conducted under a substantially revised legal framework that provided a sound basis for holding democratic elections”.

A similar election watch report was issued by The National Democratic Institute. (NDI) The report notes that, “The 31 October parliamentary elections were competitive and, overall, fundamental freedoms were respected”.

Navalny could have been poisoned with Novichok in Germany

There is every reason to believe that Navalny could have been exposed to Novichok in Germany or on his way there.

How else can the sudden appearance of toxins in Navalny’s blood samples be explained? After all, the tests which Navalny underwent in Russia found no trace of toxic substances.

Despite no solid evidence proving this, Russia was very quickly accused of using a banned nerve agent and punished with EU sanctions.

Disproof

This claim is part of a wider set of conspiracy theories promulgated by pro-Kremlin media in relation to the August 2020 poisoning of Alexei Navalny. It also advances the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting a substantial chunk of Western decision-making as motivated by anti-Russian sentiment.

This claim is made without evidence and paints a truly remarkable version of events, according to which Navalny fell ill in Russia and slipped into a coma for reasons totally unrelated to poison. He was then flown to Germany where he was administered a deadly nerve agent, and then immediately treated both for poisoning with said agent and for the mysterious illness he had developed back in Russia, resulting in his full recovery.

International blockade of Crimea will end since Nicaragua opened a Consulate there

The opening on Tuesday, 10 November, of the first foreign consulate in Crimea, constitutes a step towards lifting the international blockade of the peninsula, according to an official of the permanent mission of Crimea. One of the seven countries in the world that have recognised Crimea’s membership of the Russian Federation, Nicaragua, opens its honorary consulate on the peninsula on Tuesday, November 10. Following this diplomatic step, the lifting of the international blockade of Crimea is inevitable.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation about the peninsula of Crimea that was annexed by the Russian Federation in 2014.

The Republic of Nicaragua officially recognised the incorporation of Crimea into Russia on 27 March 2014. It did also recognise the independence of the Russian occupied region of South Ossetia on 2 September 2008. In November 2020, Nicaragua appointed a Russian national, Oleg Belaventsev, as its honorary consul. Belavantsev is reported to be a close friend with the Russian Minister of Defence and a former Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Crimean Federal District formed on the day of his appointment in March 2014. The new honorific position of Oleg Belaventsev does not mean any improvement for the international recognition of Crimea as part of Russia.