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Novichok: The West is trying to block the TurkStream project in Bulgaria

Summary of Disinformation

The alleged Novichok poisoning in Bulgaria is part of the West’s scenario to block the TurkStream project in Bulgaria.

The West is trying to blame Russia and to remove Bulgaria from the implementation of this project. American influence is clearly visible here.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

Emilian Gebrev fell into a coma in April 2015, along with his son and one of his company directors. They survived the suspected poisoning, but the case was never solved. On March 4th 2018, the Skripals were poisoned in Salisbury with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. In October 2018, Gebrev approached Bulgarian prosecutors with the results of laboratory tests from 2015, which he believed showed he could have been poisoned with a nerve agent similar to Novichok.

Britain and Bulgaria are currently jointly investigating the 2015 poisoning of a Bulgarian arms dealer to determine whether it involved Novichok.

For background:

Novichok is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s. It is 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.

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Reported in: Issue 138
Date: 25.02.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Bulgaria, UK, Russia
Keywords: novichok, TurkStream, Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: News Front
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