Disinfo: The UK is bullying Russia about the Skripal case


The Skripals have been kidnapped and isolated from the rest of the world in order to keep them silent. London is afraid that Sergei Skripal will tell journalists the truth about what really happened.


No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Salisbury attack.

British police have presented a solid chain of evidence about the Skripal case, including pictures, that connects the two suspects to particular locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public.

This is one of many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media about the Skripal poisoning.


  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy


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London doesn’t know what to do with the dead Skripals

Nobody has heard from the Skripals for quite a while. They are most probably dead and Britain is preparing the public for news of their death.


No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripals' alleged death.

Recently, Sir Laurie Bristow, the British ambassador to Russia, confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are both alive. He told Interfax that neither party was interested in talking to Russian officials. The ambassador emphasized that if the Skripals want to meet with representatives of Russian officials, the British side will facilitate the opportunity.

Yulia Skripal was raped and is pregnant

Yulia Skripal is pregnant and was probably raped. Soon, we may find out that the father is Sergey Fedotov, the third alleged suspect in the Salisbury poisoning. In this way, the British media, on orders from London, try to distract the public from problems associated with Brexit.


No evidence given. This is another case of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

British police and intelligence investigations have produced sufficient hard evidence to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. These two individuals have been identified as officers of the GRU, the Russian military Intelligence service. More British public documents and statements on the case can be found here and here.