Citizens of Latvia will be fined for Russian-language posts in Facebook

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  • Reported in: Issue 102
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia
  • Keywords: Facebook, Russian language, Ethnic Russians
  • Outlet: PolitNews YouTube channel
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Novichok could have come from UK, Sweden, Czech Republic or the Baltic states

After chemical weapons were destroyed in Russia [which was confirmed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2017], its development continued in the United Kingdom itself as well as in the Czech Republic and Sweden. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the laboratories for the production of above-mentioned class toxic agents remained in a number of other countries, including in the Baltic states.

Disproof

No evidence given. The nerve agent has been identified as Novichok (which means newcomer in Russian). It is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in Russia 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

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden forcefully rejected the allegations, and so did the competent authority on the topic in Sweden (the Swedish Defence Research Agency). www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/ryssland-giftet-som-anvandes-mot-skripal-kan-ha-kommit-fran-sverige, . Later on, the Russian ambassador to Sweden stated that it was "a guess" without any facts supporting it www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/ambassadoren-backar-efter-giftutspel, .

No maps were used to illustrate President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Russia has a new invincible nuclear ballistic missile

No maps were used to illustrate President Vladimir Putin’s announcement Russia has a new invincible nuclear ballistic missile. There is no basis for saying that some U.S. states were actually used there. No maps were used; those are some absolutely arbitrary geographical outlines.

Disproof

The image on display as the target of Russia’s new nuclear weapon during Vladimir Putin’s presentation was easily recognizable as the exact replica of a satellite image of the State of Florida available publically on the Geology.com Website. Further debunking by Polygraph.info: www.polygraph.info/a/putin-new-missile-nuclear-florida-us/29081265.html,

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

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