Disinfo: The Skripal case is another Western fabrication to prevent Russian economic development

Summary

Western manoeuvres that always end up in sanctions or trade embargoes against Russia, China, Iran or other emerging countries are nothing but excuses for the defence of geopolitical interests. The Skripal case was another fabrication aimed to harm the Russian economy and Russia’s development capacity, to prevent it from challenging Western hegemony.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning, claiming that there is “no evidence of Russia’s involvement” and therefore sanctions on Russia are unjustified. British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack on the Skripals. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and briefed members of the Security Council. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent. The allegation that sanctions and retaliation measures imposed after the Skripal poisoning are an attempt to curb Russia’s development and hurt its economy is unsubstantiated, with no basis in reality. You can see other examples of Russian disinformation on the Skripal case, such as allegations that evidence against Russia is non-existent or was fabricated, that British intelligence services are involved, that it is only a matter of Russophobia or that it is all aimed to cover up paedophilia scandals in the UK.

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  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/08/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, West, Anti-Russian
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The Russian language was cancelled entirely in Ukraine: education in Russian was cancelled, the media in Russian was cancelled.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and discrimination against Russian speakers. On April 25, the Verkhovna Rada passed the law "on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language". The law establishes mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in most areas of public and communal life, including the mass media, education, science, etc. However, the law does not forbid the use of Russian or other languages in private communication and religious ceremonies. Moreover, Russian and other languages can be present in book publishing, the press, including radio and television, education and the service sector. The law allows the use of other languages in the healthcare system and law enforcement. In addition to this, the law stipulates that in accordance with the European Charter for Regional Languages and Languages of National Minorities, the government should develop a law safeguarding language-rights of the minorities within six months of the language law entering into force. For discrimination of the Ukrainian language, including in favour of Russian, only administrative penalties are foreseen by law. For violating language policy in the humanitarian sphere - education, science, culture, sports - there is a fine of 200-300 times the non-taxable minimum wage (now it has risen from 3400 to 5100 hryvnias). The entry into force is delayed for three years. Similar disinformation case can be found here. For background on the Ukrainian language laws, see here.

Europe will overthrow Erdogan like they overthrew Yanukovych

There are indications that Europe is already considering overthrowing Erdogan, the same way Yanukovych was overthrown in Ukraine, especially since the current conditions of Turkey are, in many ways, similar to those of Ukraine five years ago.

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A recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative claiming that Euromaidan was a coup d’état, organised by the EU and the West.

The protest movement known as Euromaidan, which lasted from the end of November 2013 until the end of February 2014, was a spontaneous uprising of the Ukrainian people, not a coup d’état, and not orchestrated by outsiders.

London has no evidence of Moscow's complicity in Skripals' poisoning

British police have acknowledged that they have no evidence to suggest that the Russian authorities were complicit in the attack on the Skripals.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury claiming that the UK has never proved Russia’s involvement and has not provided any evidence. As clearly stated by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council on the 5th of September 2018, UK police and UK intelligence services have produced sufficient hard forensic evidence to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack against the Skripals. The investigative outlet Bellingcat later revealed the identities of the two Russian nationals. Furthermore, the UK investigation found that Sergey and Yuliya Skripal were poisoned using a specific Novichok nerve agent that could not have been produced by non-state actors. This was confirmed by an independent OPCW [Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] analysis. According to the UK intelligence assessment, based on open-source analysis and intelligence information, in the past decade, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok agents, long after it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention. For similar cases see here.