Disinfo: Finns found a Ukrainian trace in the case of Skripal

Summary

Ukrainian trace is the most probable in the Skripal case, Finnish politicians concluded. Ukraine has an obvious motive, not Russia. UK russophobes have been coming down on Russia already for a month.

Disproof

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date= One Finnish MP, Tom Packalen, has claimed Ukraine "gains from the situation". In its statement, the European Union - and Finland as its member state - expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/ For official Finnish position, see also: www.presidentti.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=373052&nodeid=44809&contentlan=2&culture=en-US, , formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=373443&nodeid=15145&contentlan=2&culture=en-US,

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  • Reported in: Issue 103
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/03/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, Finland, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Russophobia
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After Skripal poisoning, the West now says that Russians are a nation of criminals

After Skripal poisoning, the West now says that Russians are a nation of criminals.

Disproof

No one has called Russians a nation of criminals. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date= 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, https://theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264 In its statement, the European Union expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/

Dalia Grybauskaite was a double agent

This is understandable now, it was clear to the Americans and in 1991. An ambitious unprincipled careerist, who also has an unprofitable compromising evidence, was a promising shot for them, so the Americans picked up Grybauskaite as a baton from the hands of the collapsed USSR and began to make her a career, as the KGB had done before. If the assumption is true that it was the KGB who delegated the daughter of Polycarpas Gribauskas to Washington and sent for courses to Georgetown, this was done in order to make her “the double agent of deep laying” – an intermediary between the Soviets and the Americans, a liaison between the KGB and the CIA. Then the Soviet Union collapsed, the KGB was abolished and only the CIA remained.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the president of Lithuania. No evidence given to the claim that Dalia Grybauskaitė would have been working as a KGB agent. As explained by the Insider, the disinforming message started to circulate in 2015, when the website of the Center for Research of Genocide and Resistance of Lithuanian residents was hacked and fake documents about Grybauskaitė as an agent "Magnolia" were published. One of the documents was a letter that contains inaccuracies and formulations not used in the USSR in 1982, when it was allegedly written. euvsdisinfo.eu/report/president-of-lithuania-was-a-kgb-agent/,

Britain bans expressions like “what a beautiful girl” or “what a beautiful boy”

Maternity wards in UK allegedly ask staff to avoid using such terms that would offend transgender people.

Disproof

British Medical Journal published an article on February 8, 2018, which recommends medical staff to replace certain phrases with alternative terms, with a goal of more efficient communication with patients in mind. None of the terms concern gender. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/britain-does-not-ban-expressions-what-beautiful-girl-or-what-beautiful-boy,