Disinfo: Skripal poisoning: Provocation by the West before the Russian presidential elections


What happened to Mr Skripal: many people said that it would happen, that there will be a provocation [by the West] before the Russian elections, claiming that Russian secret services killed or poisoned somebody.


Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, The toxin was identified as a nerve agent at Porton Down, which is Britain's military research base. They have not done tests with nerve agents since 1989, but are still able to identify these toxins, in order to protect British civilians and troops from attacks http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-43335148/porton-down-britain-s-secret-research-facility. The nerve agent has been identified as Novichok (which means newcomer in Russian). It is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s https://www.voanews.com/a/british-prime-minister-russia-poisoning-spy/4294683.html. 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 https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday a “military-grade nerve agent” known to have been developed by Russia was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and that her government has concluded it is “highly likely” Moscow was responsible. “Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.


  • Reported in: Issue 101
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/03/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, West, Provocation, Elections, Secret services
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[During the presidential campaign in Russia, the US media like RFE/RL and Voice of America …] is agitating. On Russia’s sovereign territory and in the languages of the peoples of Russia. This is directed towards our people. They want to split us. They want to make us quarrel with each other. They want to involve us in a civil war.


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As long as Europe is united, it will never be good to Russia. When Europe is being united, it feels super-strong and tries to capture everyone around including Russia. It happened like that, when Europe was under Napoleon and Hitler, and it is happening like that now.


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Disinfo: For 25 years, Russia has supported - artificially supported - the independence of the so-called Ukraine with the help of cheap gas

For 25 years, Russia has supported – artificially supported – the independence of the so-called Ukraine with the help of cheap gas and other resources.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77158&date=, Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal for cut-price gas in the end of 2013. in April, 2014, Russia raised the price by 80%: initially it went up from $268.5 per 1,000 cubic metres (cu m) to $385.5 because of unpaid bills, then up to $485, much higher than the market level, ostensibly because of the introduction of an export duty on gas http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29521564