As more information became available, the United Kingdom government’s version became less and less plausible. In fact, many of the allegations made by the United Kingdom government were downright absurd. It is sufficient to note here that the alleged agent used to protect the Skripals was a highly toxic substance where only minute quantities are required to cause an almost instant death. The Skripals were said to be infected at Sergei’s home. There has never been a satisfactory explanation of how the pair were infected, yet managed to survive several hours, during which time they travelled, fed ducks in the park, ate a meal, and walked through the city centre. The official version was beyond absurd.
Crime-infested “no-go” zones, where police and businesses are too afraid to venture, exist now in several European countries. Sweden appears to have had it the worst, as major cities in the country, including Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg, have such areas.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative linking migrants and asylum seekers in the EU to violent crime. The report provides no evidence in support of these claims and names no specific European countries aside from Sweden. There are no such zones in Sweden. The country's Police Authority publishes a biennial report on what it terms "vulnerable areas" suffering from elevated rates of crime, poverty, and unemployment, but has made clear "it is not the case that the police do not go into them." In 2019, 60 such areas have been identified, with both law enforcement and the media acknowledging "positive trends" in their socioeconomic situation.