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UK poisoned the Russian ex-spy Skripal to stage a boycott of the coming World Cup in Russia

Summary of Disinformation

The UK staged the attack on Skripal to “feed their Russophobia” and stage a boycott of the soccer world cup, to be held in Russia this summer.

Disproof

No evidence given. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/, , and it is not the first time pro-Kremlin disinformation weaponises sport euvsdisinfo.eu/weaponising-the-olympics/, .

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. 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 the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s https://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 https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday a “military-grade nerve agent” known to have been developed by Russia was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and that her government has concluded it is “highly likely” Moscow was responsible.

Further debunking by Julia Davis twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/971924556423356416, .

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Reported in: Issue 101
Date: 11.03.2018
Language: Russian
Country: UK, Russia
Keywords: World Cup, Sergei Skripal, Olympics, Chemical weapons/attack, Russophobia, Conspiracy
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vesti Nedeli @Rossiya 1
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