Disinfo: Former Chief of MI6 disclosed a strategic plan of the United States and Britain aimed at Russia’s fragmentation


In his interview with The Guardian, John Scarlett, former Chief of the UK Secret Intelligence Service MI6, allegedly disclosed a three-stage strategic plan of the United States and the Great Britain aimed at Russia’s fragmentation. John Scarlett claims that the first stage of the plan envisaged the deployment of military and intelligence bases around South Ossetia and involvement of security officers. The second stage envisaged bringing of radical Islamists to power in Chechnya, Dagestan, North Ossetia and Circassia. As for the third stage, it was planned to provoke a fake conflict in Ukraine, but Moscow managed to protect the country against this threat.


The article wasn't published by the Guardian, and the interview doesn't exist. The website that published the article replaced the "i" in Guardian with a Turkish ı, but otherwise looked similar to the original. The story was removed from the Internet and Facebook deleted posts that included links to it. Many Russian news outlets reported about the interview, among them Ren-TV, PolitOnLine.ru, EG.ru, Dni.ru. Many of them deleted the articles afterwards. Russian federal TV channel Rossiya 1 repeated the false information quoting the interview on debate show Evening With Vladimir Solovyov. noodleremover.news/fake-mi6-interview-22af3555107b, Further debunking: www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/18/experts-sound-alarm-over-news-websites-fake-news-twins, According to the BBC's Russian-language service, the English grammar errors in the fake article are similar to those that Russian-speakers make. www.bbc.com/russian/features-40901789,
Further debunking: mythdetector.ge/en/myth/geworldge-and-sakinform-post-fake-interview-former-sis-chief,


  • Reported in: Issue 78
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/08/2017
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: UK, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: Destabilising Russia, Secret services, Conspiracy


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