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The Porton Down Laboratory denied that the poison used against Sergey Skripal was produced in Russia

Summary of Disinformation

The Porton Down Laboratory denied UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s allegations that the poison used against Sergey Skripal and his daughter was produced in Russia. 


One of the many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Skripal poisoning.

Earlier, pro-Kremlin media claimed that Porton Down might have manufactured Novichok, or that Porton Down laboratory was responsible for the Amesbury poisoning.

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.

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Reported in: Issue 156
Date: 28.06.2019
Language: Italian
Country: UK, Russia
Keywords: novichok, Sergei Skripal, Theresa May
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Italia
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