Disinfo: UK destroying evidence on the Skripal case

Summary

London is destroying evidence related to the Skripal case. British military started to remove the roof from Skripals’ home in Salisbury. It is strange why they don’t dismantle also the walls.

Disproof

In fact, the roof of Skripals' home in Salisbury is to be completely removed as part of decontamination work to remove potential traces of nerve agent. The reason of this measure is make sure "no contamination was taken from the door into the roof space". No evidence given about UK allegedly destroying evidence.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning.

UK police and intelligence investigations have produced hard evidence which is sufficient to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. These two individuals have been established as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU. More UK public documents/statements on the case here and here.

The EU Member States support the UK findings, and decided unanimously to introduce sanctions against the GRU officers responsible and their commanding officers.

Further debunking by The Insider.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
  • Outlet: Pervyi Kanal Sputnik
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Prime Minister May caught lying: Porton Down denied Novichok came from Russia

Prime Minister Theresa May lied when she claimed that the toxic substance used in the Skripal poisoning case was manufactured in Russia: Porton Down has later denied her claim.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

The Porton Down has not contradicted any statements by the British Prime Minister. The report from the OPCW confirmed the UK findings in the Skripal poisoning, specifically the purity of the toxin. 

Ukraine responsible for clash in Kerch sea

Kiev wants to make the Sea of Azov accessible to NATO forces and Ukraine could be responsible for the naval incident in the Straits of Kerch. Russia’s actions were entirely legitimate. According to the data of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the Ukrainian ships had approached the Straits without any warning, had not waited for the Russian pilot and had not complied with the indications of the border guards, thus violating the legislation. The provocations may have continued throughout the day, leading the Russian side to open fire, injuring three Ukrainians and stopping the ships.

Disproof

The article is a complication of evidence provided by the Russian security services FSB. The story has been published here also.

According to the research group Bellingcat, data, based on geolocated video footage, confirms that Ukrainian ships did enter Russian-claimed territorial waters (They are, in fact, only Russian-claimed territorial waters, rather than internationally recognised boundaries), both that of Crimea and mainland Russia in the Kerch Strait. Ukraine, nonetheless, argues this was legally permissible due to the 2003 agreement between the two countries. Secondly, we can say that the Ukrainian tug ‘Yani Kapu’ was intentionally rammed at least four times over a period of at least an hour. Thirdly, based on information provided by the Russian FSB which appears to incriminate themselves, the shooting of the ‘Berdyansk’ most likely took place in international waters.

Debates on Russian TV are free unlike in France

Although Russia is always accused of being authoritarian and crushing opponents, debate in media is much freer. In the “Poedinok” (“The Duel”) talkshow different opinions are debated and even though the anchor is known to be pro-Putin, he still invites people with different views to the show and is extremely polite to them. For example, Ukrainian fanatics were invited to the show, saying Russians are barbarians.

In France everything is controlled. People who are against the European Union are not invited to TV shows and that is a very bad sign for the regime. We can hardly speak of pluralism in France.

Disproof

Regarding freedom of speech, Russia is ranked 148th and France 33rd by Reporters without borders. Freedom House agrees stating the press in Russia is not free, unlike the French press.

Ukrainians have indeed participated in the "Poedinok" show. Their treatment by the host was not polite and respectful. An example from the show from October 29, 2018: one of the Ukrainian guests is asked: “What is the name of the station in Kiev, from which trains go to Moscow?” - “Central station.” - “It is not closed yet?” - “No.” - “So you have a way out!” (Laughter, applause.) Presenter: “I want to remind you that the Crimea was annexed by Russia completely legally. Who was the president of Ukraine then? Yanukovych! But he did not express any objections.Ukrainian guest: “My grandfather died at the front!” Presenter: “Yes, your grandfather would have risen from the grave and would have driven you to his grave with his tibial bone!” The presenter is literally yelling: "Germans don't try to whitewash their criminals. They don't make them national heroes (like Ukraine)."