Disinfo: Ukraine infected the Azov Sea with cholera

Summary

Cholera was found near the Ukrainian Azov sea port of Mariupol. According to a source, the officials of Mariupol have found cholera in the waters around Mariupol since 2017 but Ukrainian authorities ignore these findings, creating a potentially dangerous situation for neighbouring Russia.

Disproof

The World Health Organization Regional Office have informed that they have no data confirming the presence of cholera in Mariupol or the surrounding area. According to StopFake, the Health Ministry of Ukraine said that as of July 18, 2018 no cholera cases had been recorded in Ukraine and no cholera bacteria were found in the Donetsk area or any other region. The Ministry published a statement on its website debunking Russian cholera claims.

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  • Reported in: Issue 116
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/07/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Virus / bacteria threat, Climate
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Disinfo: The success of the World Cup in Russia prompted the Amesbury poisoning by UK

The World Cup, which is being held so successfully in Russia, was too hard to swallow for London and they needed one more poisoned couple in order to hint that Moscow is to blame yet again. Of course, the infamous Porton Down laboratory found Novichok once again. However, they somewhat carelessly forgot to warn the doctors in the local hospital what to say to the press and they told the public that no traces of nerve agents had been found on the couple.

Disproof

The UK Home Secretary has delivered a speech to the House of Commons providing an update on the Amesbury incident. "It is now time that the Russian state comes forward and explains exactly what has gone on so that the most appropriate course of action can be taken. Let me be clear, we do not have a quarrel with the Russian people. Rather, it is the actions of the Russian government that continue to undermine our security and that of the international community". Full statement here. On 4 July paramedics were called twice to a flat in Amesbury not far from Salisbury. Scientists at the UK's military research lab, Porton Down, found the couple had been exposed to the same nerve agent as the Skripals, Novichok. One of the victims passed away on 9 July. 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. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date= The toxin was identified as a nerve agent at Porton Down, which is Britain's military research base. They have not done tests with nerve agents since 1989, but are still able to identify these toxins, in order to protect British civilians and troops from attacks http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-43335148/porton-down-britain-s-secret-research-facility 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 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, https://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. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/

Disinfo: Berezovsky more useful to the British intelligence services dead than alive

Berezovsky, a fugitive Russian oligarch, was once an irreconcilable enemy of Putin who rethought a lot of things by the end of his life. Berezovsky lived in the UK but wanted to come home to Russia. His fatal mistake was that he began to talk about this to other people. It is then quite understandable why a dead Berezovsky became more useful to the British intelligence services. Berezovsky knew too much about them. The oligarch was found dead in his home in England. The death of Berezovsky could have been a cover-up by the UK security services.

Disproof

No evidence given. Some investigative journalists have suggested that the death of Berezovsky was ordered by the Kremlin www.buzzfeed.com/heidiblake/from-russia-with-blood-14-suspected-hits-on-british-soil?utm_term=.iaqp20kkV#.dmx14JRRy,

Disinfo: Amesbury poisoning: British officials are lying in saying they have asked Russia for help

British officials are lying in saying they have asked Russia for help. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Moscow has no information on what the compound is that caused the latest incident. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says it is all a fit-up for political reasons.

Disproof

Both the European Union and the UK have previously urged Russia to start cooperating with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury. www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/04/chemical-weapons-watchdog-meets-russian-spy-poisoning-salisbury-sergei-skripal,