Britain planned the Skripal poisoning to provoke Russia’s collapse

Summary

The UK dreams of destroying Russia. The Skripal poisoning was a British provocation to accelerate this.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. The disinformation message was created as a series of inconsistencies, implying a UK government conspiracy behind the Skripal case.

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.

The claim about the UK's ambitions to "provoke Russia's collapse" is an unfounded conspiracy theory.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Provocation, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Argumenty i Fakty
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Disproof

Unfounded claims, presented without evidence.

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The UK killed Skripal to divert attention from Brexit

The UK’s anti-Russian provocation has entered its final phase: London is preparing the global audience for Sergei Skripal’s death, and will announce it when a favourable moment arrives (e.g., Brexit or a possible “expropriation” of Russian assets).

In fact, Skripal is already dead because he refused to cooperate with the provocateurs, the British. They will summon his ghost whenever they deem it suitable.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about Skripal's death. There is no reasonable ground to assume that Sergei Skripal is dead.

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