British special services will eliminate Yulia Skripal

Summary

Yulia Skripal will be eliminated by the British special forces as an unnecessary witness of the Salisbury poisoning. For now, Britain needs her alive so that it can continue manipulate public opinion.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Sergei Skripal and the alleged British conspiracy surrounding the case.

There are many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media about the Skripal poisoning.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Sergei Skripal, Provocation
  • Outlet: Federal Press TV Centre
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Venezuelan food shortages are mainstream media propaganda

Mainstream media outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, and Bloomberg portray Venezuela as a country where food and other basic commodities are unavailable or unaffordable for the vast majority of citizens.

A supermarket in Caracas is shown brimming with a wide selection of produce and toiletries. The issue is not a shortage of consumer goods but Venezuelans’ buying power, which has been destroyed by currency speculation and pro-opposition capitalists who are profiting from Washington’s economic war on the country.

Disproof

The report relies on footage from a single supermarket, which it says is located in an "upscale neighbourhood in Caracas." It advances the recurring Kremlin narrative that the mainstream media produces biased accounts of foreign events, in concert with the Western powers-that-be.

The issue of food scarcity and its impact on Venezuela has been documented in multiple independent studies and widely attributed to the country's dependence on agricultural imports and the fiscal policies of the Maduro government.

US plan a large-scale act of provocation in Venezuela

Apparently in a state of provocative frenzy, Americans, who are currently preparing an egregious, unquestionable act of provocation on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, scheduled for 23 February, got  carried away.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that US-backed acts of provocation, or even coup-d'état, are imminent in Venezuela. See similar disinformation cases here, here, and here.

Deadly clashes broke out in Venezuelan border towns on Saturday 23 February 2019, as President Nicolás Maduro blocked humanitarian aid from crossing from Colombia and Brazil. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the attacks on civilians.

Allegations about Russia’s violation of the INF treaty are false

US allegations that Russia’s 9M729 missile violates the INF Treaty are false. They are based on intelligence fabricated by the CIA and the US Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty because of its noncompliance in several areas, and that Russia is fully compliant with the treaty.

Pro-Kremlin outlets often claim that the US and other Western intelligence agencies fabricate intelligence reports in order to mislead Western decision-makers into adopting anti-Russian policies, or in order to justify them.