The West and Ukrainian elites would benefit from the death of Petro Poroshenko

Summary

Poroshenko’s disappearance, and indeed his death, would be beneficial for the West and Ukrainian elites, because Russia would be the first to blame. That would create an opportunity for the West and Ukrainian elites to shape the election outcome according to their interests and deepen the divide between Russia and Ukraine.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Petro Poroshenko and elections in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: election meddling, Manipulated elections/referendum, Petro Poroshenko, Elections, The West
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal (19.01 - 21.56)
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The West is getting rid of the Bulgarian weapons supplier to Ukraine

The West is getting rid of Bulgarian weapons supplier to Ukraine, Emilian Gebrev, for two reasons. On the one hand, the West wants to accuse Russia of poisoning him. On the other hand, it wants to get rid of witnesses to military crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

Gebrev admitted that he had contracts with Ukraine, but insisted they were "peanuts, small amounts, low tech".

Kerch Strait incident was a rehearsal for a larger provocation to drag Russia into war

The Kerch Strait incident was merely a rehearsal for a larger provocation to drag Russia into war. Such attempts have been going on for five years. But it did not work. Ukraine expected that all 24 sailors would die, but only 3 were injured.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Azov Sea incident. For earlier examples see here. 

For background:

Novichok: The West is trying to block the TurkStream project in Bulgaria

The alleged Novichok poisoning in Bulgaria is part of the West’s scenario to block the TurkStream project in Bulgaria.

The West is trying to blame Russia and to remove Bulgaria from the implementation of this project. American influence is clearly visible here.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

Emilian Gebrev fell into a coma in April 2015, along with his son and one of his company directors. They survived the suspected poisoning, but the case was never solved. On March 4th 2018, the Skripals were poisoned in Salisbury with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. In October 2018, Gebrev approached Bulgarian prosecutors with the results of laboratory tests from 2015, which he believed showed he could have been poisoned with a nerve agent similar to Novichok.