Disinfo: London doesn’t know what to do with the dead Skripals


Nobody has heard from the Skripals for quite a while. They are most probably dead and Britain is preparing the public for news of their death.

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripals' alleged death. Recently, Sir Laurie Bristow, the British ambassador to Russia, confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are both alive. He told Interfax that neither party was interested in talking to Russian officials. The ambassador emphasized that if the Skripals want to meet with representatives of Russian officials, the British side will facilitate the opportunity. This is one of many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media about the Skripal poisoning.


  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy theory


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No evidence given. This is another case of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here. British police and intelligence investigations have produced sufficient hard evidence to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. These two individuals have been identified as officers of the GRU, the Russian military Intelligence service. More British public documents and statements on the case can be found here and here. Recently, Bellingcat announced that a third GRU officer, under the name Sergey Fedotov, was present in the UK during the time Sergey and Yulia Skripal fell into a coma. This third suspect in the poisoning was identified as high-ranking GRU officer Denis Sergeev.  

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Ukraine is preparing a new provocation in the Kerch Strait. Currently, three new military boats of the Ukrainian navy, and according to some information, with NATO officers on board, are planning to break through the Kerch Strait.


No evidence given, neither about the claims of a planned provocation, nor about NATO personnel being aboard. This is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Azov Sea and presidential elections in Ukraine. The article used as a source for the claims about the alleged provocation also refutes this information: "Meanwhile, the border service of the Federal Security Service of Russia told the channel that they did not have any evidence of this information. Sources in the Ukrainian Navy said to "Strana" that ships will not go to the Kerch Strait". The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Sea of Azov is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.