Neither the USSR nor the post-Soviet Russia has ever killed their opponents, so nobody can blame Moscow for poisoning the Skripals.

Summary

During the last decades, neither Russia nor the Soviet Union has been engaged in extrajudicial killings; neither in the territory of Russia, nor abroad.

 

Disproof

Killing opponents of the regime was a practice familiar to the USSR, see e.g. the case of Leon Trotsky. There has also been a case of murdering a former Russian spy already - in 2006, Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned by two Russians in London. As the UK public inquiry has found, "the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by [Nikolai] Patrushev [head of the security service in 2006] and also by President Putin”: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/21/alexander-litvinenko-was-probably-murdered-on-personal-orders-of-putin 

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  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, USSR, Russian world, Alexander Litvinenko
  • Outlet: ‘Vremya pokazhet’ @ Pervyi kanal, time 08:30
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A staged chemical weapon attack was shot in Idlib

Nine videos were shot imitating a chemical attack against civilians in Idlib, they will be used to hold the Syrian government responsible for the attacks. The videos were shot with the “White Helmet propaganda Islamist organisation”.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation from the past couple of week about an allegedly staged chemical attack that the West would use as a justification for attacking the Syrian government. Based on the previous statements of Russian officials, the alleged staged chemical attack should already have taken place: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/english-speaking-experts-arrived-to-idlib-to-perform-chemical-attack/

White Helmets is regularly targeted by Russian and pro-Kremlin disinformation-oriented sources, see the cases in our database: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

D.C. and London are preparing another great war

The establishment in D. C. and in London want to use the conflict in Syria and the Skripal case to gain ground for another great war. The only person standing in the way is US president Donald Trump.

Disproof

There is no evidence that either the US or the UK would intend to provoke a war.

Background:

On 11 September, the US proves its support for terrorism and conflicts

“Shocking: On 11 September, 17 years after terrorist attacks in New York, the US proves its support for terrorism and conflicts”. The US threatens Syria with a strong reaction in case of a chemical attack. In fact, the accusations concerning “two previous chemical attacks” have never been proven, and the Chemical Weapons Organization did not agree that Damascus has used prohibited weapons.

Disproof

No evidence given. The mission of the US-led coalition (Combined Joint Task Force) is to militarily defeat DA’ESH in the Combined Joint Operations Area by, with, and through regional partners in order to enable whole-of-governmental actions to increase regional stability – by conducting a campaign against Da’esh in Iraq and Syria in four phases www.inherentresolve.mil/campaign/,

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.