Disinfo: UK accuses Russia for Skripal poisoning to divert attention from scandals like the mass paedophilia that for years thrived in Britain

Summary

UK accuses Russia for Skripal poisoning to divert attention from scandals like the mass paedophilia that for years thrived in Britain.

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 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 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 edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html, , theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264, . In its statement, the European Union expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/, Furthermore, the existence of "mass paedophilia" and similar claims is a recurring theme in pro-Kremlin disinformation to discredit the West as immoral euvsdisinfo.eu/from-objective-reporting-to-myths-and-propaganda-the-story-of-ria/, , euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=paedophilia&disinfo_issue=&date=, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 102
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Paedophilia
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The conspiracy to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter was arranged by Theresa May

In any case, this was organised by Theresa May, because she’s a friend of Gina Haspel, who has been just appointed director of the CIA.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, 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 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 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 edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html, , theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264, . In its statement, the European Union expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/,

Ukrainian trace in Skripal poisoning

Given that Novichok was stored on the territory of the former Soviet republics, the Ukrainian trace is also possible.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, 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 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 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 edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html, , theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264, . In its statement, the European Union expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/,

US congressmen demanded new sanctions against Russia based on their feeling

US congressmen demanded new sanctions against Russia based on their feeling.

Disproof

No evidence given. The disinformation refers to a letter that a group of 140 House Democrats wrote to President Donald Trump to urge him to impose sanctions. democrats-foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/democrats.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/Russia%20Sanctions%20Letter%203.12.pdf, The disinformation argument goes that because Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had completed a draft report (not made public yet) concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the urge to impose sanctions is based on "feelings". The letter above, however, does not mention collusion, but "meddling in American democracy" and "interference in the elections". In fact the draft report by Republicans agrees with the intelligence assessment on most other details, including that Russians did meddle in the election. apnews.com/dc7c4ec1be104801aefd46313fadb01b/Draft-GOP-report:-No-coordination-between-Trump-and-Russia, The US Intelligence Community assessment 2017 www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf, stated that "Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump." Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment states that 13 Russian citizens "from in or around 2014 to the present, knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016." www.justice.gov/file/1035477/download, Read more on the sanctions imposed on Russian individuals and entities March 15: home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0312, , www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions/u-s-sanctions-russians-for-meddling-but-not-putins-oligarchs-idUSKCN1GR23B,