Disinfo: The OPCW could have been provided with a false sample in Skripal poisoning

Summary

Russia publishes a report by an OPCW laboratory in Spiez, revealing the presence of a substance created in the US, UK and other NATO countries in the sample. The OPCW “could have been provided with a false sample in Skripal poisoning”.

Disproof

No evidence given. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

The Spiez laboratory has answered and debunked the Russian claims: twitter.com/SpiezLab/status/985243574123057152,

The OPCW have confirmed the UK findings in the case. "The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people." www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-issues-report-on-technical-assistance-requested-by-the-united-kingdom/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 104
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: OPCW, Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack
  • Outlet: Itogi Nedeli @NTV, 20:00
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Only 51 Moldovans regained Romanian citizenship in 2016

Only 51 Moldovans regained Romanian citizenship in 2016, according to Eurostat. There were 592 Moldovans who became Romanian citizens in 2015. The number of Moldovans asking for a Romanian nationality is decreasing.

Disproof

Manipulation of figures. According to the Romanian National Citizenship Authority, 57,748 Moldovans requested to regain the Romanian citizenship in 2015; 45,507 Moldovans received it. In 2016 there were 94,461 Moldovans asking for the Romanian citizenship; 61,206 received it. In total 521.025 Moldovan citizens regained Romanian citizenship in 2002 - March 2018. So the number is actually continuously increasing.

Contacted by the portal Stopfals.md, Eurostat declared that the figures presented by Sputnik.md do not reflect the total number of Moldovan citizens who regained Romanian citizenship, but only the number of those who have both Romanian citizenship and permanent residence in Romania.

Syria’s chemical weapons “were created by the British, even after sanctions had been imposed on Assad”

Syria’s chemical weapons “were created by the British, even after sanctions had been imposed on Assad”.

Disproof

No evidence given. Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=,

Syria's chemical weapons development probably dates back to the 1970s. For the history of Syria's chemical weapons, see fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R42848.pdf,

Skripal poisoning was staged by the British themselves, the aim is to divert attention from “unsuccessful Brexit talks”

Skripal poisoning was staged by the British themselves, the aim is to divert attention from “unsuccessful Brexit talks”.

Disproof

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

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 Russia 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, https://theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264