Disinfo: Both Skripals are dead; the Reuters video is fake

Summary

The video of Yulia Skripal’s interview, published by Reuters in May 2018, is fake. It was filmed in New York, as the background sounds suggest, and it features a sick Ukrainian woman, not Yulia.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury attack and the conspiracy theory about the Skripals' death. There are no grounds to believe that the Skripals are dead rather than in hiding from those who attempted to murder them.

Recently, Sir Laurie Bristow, Britain's ambassador to Russia, confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are both alive. He told Interfax that neither party was interested in talking to Russian officials. The ambassador emphasised that if the Skripals want to meet with representatives of Russian officials, the British side will facilitate such an opportunity.

There are many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media about the Skripal poisoning.

Read Yulia Skripal's interview here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy

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The UK is bullying Russia about the Skripal case

The Skripals have been kidnapped and isolated from the rest of the world in order to keep them silent. London is afraid that Sergei Skripal will tell journalists the truth about what really happened.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Salisbury attack.

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.

London doesn’t know what to do with the dead Skripals

Nobody has heard from the Skripals for quite a while. They are most probably dead and Britain is preparing the public for news of their death.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripals' alleged death.

Recently, Sir Laurie Bristow, the British ambassador to Russia, confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are both alive. He told Interfax that neither party was interested in talking to Russian officials. The ambassador emphasized that if the Skripals want to meet with representatives of Russian officials, the British side will facilitate the opportunity.