Disinfo: The supposed GRU agents arrested in the Netherlands were actually mere IT experts

Summary

In the Netherlands, the supposed GRU agents arrested outside the OPCW HQ were actually IT experts. They were checking the security of the Russian embassy’s communications, which had been bugged. That they were by the OPCW building is coincidence – the Russian embassy is just across the road.

Disproof

The Dutch authorities presented numerous evidence about the real identity of the GRU agents and the real purpose of their trip - like taxi receipts for the trip from the GRU building in Moscow to the airport, passport scans, and the specialist equipment which the GRU agents tried to destroy when they were caught. See e.g. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/04/netherlands-halted-russian-cyber-attack-on-chemical-weapons-body

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  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: The Netherlands
  • Keywords: GRU, Sergei Skripal
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Disproof

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