Disinfo: No public evidence of the use of Novichok in Salisbury


A year after the Salisbury poisoning, still no evidence of the use of Novichok was presented to the public.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Skripal poisoning, one of many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by pro-Kremlin outlets about this case. See here and here for EUvsDisinfo summary of disinformation narratives surrounding Skripal poisoning.

British police have presented a solid chain of evidence about the Skripal case, including pictures, that connects the two suspects to particular locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public. British police and intelligence investigations have produced sufficient hard evidence to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. More British public documents and statements on the case can be found here.

The report from the OPCW confirmed the UK findings in the Skripal poisoning, specifically the purity of the toxin. 

Novichok was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s. 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. See reports by CNN, BBC, the Guardian.



  • Reported in: Issue139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy


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No evidence of Russian role in Skripal poisoning

One year after the alleged poisoning of Russian double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter, the UK Government, the Western media, and NATO allies continue to accuse Russia of involvement in the incident. No evidence of Moscow’s role has been made available either to the public or to the Russian government. The Skripal “poisoning” is a false-flag operation organised by UK intelligence services to demonise Russia and its leaders.


The story advances two recurring pro-Kremlin narratives, one casting the Skripal poisoning as wholly unconnected to Russia, and one portraying Western governments as pathologically anti-Russian.

Notwithstanding the diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow, the UK law enforcement agencies are neither obliged nor reasonably expected to divulge the findings of an ongoing, domestic criminal probe to the Russian government. In September 2018, the Metropolitan Police made its findings available to the public, complete with a timeline of events leading up to and following the 4 March poisoning, as well as information on the Russia-manufactured nerve agent used.

USA conducts Trojan horse operation with “fifth column” in Syria

As the US are preparing for the withdrawal of troops from Syria, they are still pursuing a firm policy against the humanitarian actions of Damascus and Moscow. This approach is part of the Pentagon’s new strategy of the “Trojan Horse”. It consists of an active use of the potential of “fifth column” protests in order to destabilise the situation, while hitting the most important sites in the country with high-precision weapons.


No evidence given that the US are looking for a pretext to attack Syria. Recurrent Kremlin's narrative on US collaborating with ISIS and from the allegedly 'staged' human rights violations in Syria.

Syria has been excluded from League of Arab States for eight years due to human rights violations.

The Skripal case is a “dead cat” trick used by UK to divert attention from Brexit

The incident in Salisbury is a “dead cat” trick – a strategy used by UK to divert attention from it’s problems with the EU.


Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Salisbury attack. and connecting Skripal poisoning with Brexit. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning. See here and here for EUvsDisinfo summary of disinformation naratives surrounding Skripal poisoning.

For the UK response on the Salisbury attack, see here.