Das Bild des Grimpen-Sumpfs—jenes heimtückischen Moor aus der berühmten Sherlock Holmes-Geschichte „Der Hund von Baskerville“—wurde diese Woche von der Sprecherin des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums aufgegriffen. In Reaktion auf die Verurteilung der Vergiftung Sergei Skripals durch das Vereinigten Königreich, bezeichnete sie das britische Parlament als Zirkusvorstellung. „Der Grimpen-Sumpf birgt noch immer seine Geheimnisse“, bemerkte sie.

Der Grimpen-Sumpf wird als „ein riesiger Morast“ beschrieben, der „Schauer, Grauen und ein Gefühl der Zurückweisung erzeugt“ mit „Stellen, in die man versinken kann, ohne Führer, der einem den richtigen Weg zeigen könnte“. Insofern ist der Sumpf eine geeignete Beschreibung der Desinformationslandschaft in dieser Woche.

Als Antwort auf die Aussage der britischen Premierministerin Theresa May, in der sie Moskau für die Vergiftung und den versuchten Mord an dem früheren russischen Spion Skripl auf britischen Boden verantwortlich machte, liefen die kremlfreundlichen Medien auf Hochtouren. Skripal befindet sich ernsthaft krank gemeinsam mit seiner Tochter und einem britischen Polizisten im Krankenhaus.

Am Auffälligsten war, wie die Geschichten – von denen einige in den staatlich-kontrollierten Nachrichtenmedien veröffentlicht worden waren, sich aber gegenseitig komplett widersprachen – wiederholt unbegründete und oft absurde Verschwörungstheorien verbreiteten. Dies ist vielleicht eine der klassischsten kremlfreundlichen Desinformationstechniken: Das breite Publikum zu verwirren und zugleich das treue Publikum der Desinformanten zu bedienen, welches mit einigen Zeilen zur Verteidigung Russlands bereit steht. Die Vergleichbarkeit mit früheren Vorfällen, bei denen Russland als Verursacher eines Verbrechens identifiziert wurde, ist klar ersichtlich: Zum Beispiel im Fall MH17 und im Falle des Bombardements auf einen humanitären Konvoi in Syrien.

In beiden Fällen wurde rasch die Zurückweisung der Anschuldigungen, die Verzerrung der Fakten, die Ablenkung von der eigentlichen Sache und die Entmutigung des Publikums durch kremlfreundliche Desinformationenvorangetrieben.

Es war demnach nicht überraschend, dass eine der bevorzugtesten Erklärungen des staatlich-kontrollierten russischen Fernsehens im Fall Skripal „Russophobie“ lautete. Das ist eine der häufigsten Antworten auf alle gegen Russland geäußerten Vorwürfe.

Die führenden Kanäle im russischen Staatsfernsehen erklärten den Zusehern, dass der ehemalige Spion mit dem Ziel der Diskreditierung Moskaus sowie der Verbreitung von Russophobie in Wahrheit von den Vereinigten Staaten vergiftet worden sei; dass der Westen zur Rechtfertigung von Sanktionen Russland für die Vergiftung verantwortlich mache, und dass der Vorfall eine Provokation des Westens im Vorfeld der russischen Präsidentschaftswahlen am Sonntag gewesen sei. Sputnik schloss sich dem Narrativ der „anti-russischen Propaganda“ an.

Ein weiteres populäres Thema der Desinformationen tauchte auf, als das staatlich-kontrollierte Fernsehen andeutete, dass das Vereinigte Königreich den Angriff auf Skripal inszeniert habe um  einen Boykott der bevorstehenden Fußballweltmeisterschaft diesen Sommer in Russland auszulösen. Dies ist nicht das erste Mal, dass Sport für Zwecke der Desinformation genutzt wird.

Tweet von @benimmo, in welchem die Gemeinsamkeiten der Berichterstattung von RT über die Tragödie von MH17 und der Skripal-Attacke aufgezeigt werden.

Die russischen Staatsmedien verfolgten eine ähnliche Taktik wie nach dem Abschuss von MH17 und verschmutzten schnell die Informationssphäre mit „alternativen“ Erklärungen für die Tragödie.

Einige Medien behaupteten, Skripal und seine Tochter hätten eine Überdosis genommen. Eine weitere Erklärung lautete, die Verbreitung des Toxins sei ein Unfall gewesen und es stamme aus einem britischen Labor. In Unterstützung dessen wurde die Glaubwürdigkeit besagten Labors schnell von RT in Frage gestellt.

Auffallend war, dass inmitten des Fokus auf den russischen Einsatz von international verbotenen Waffen, eine Desinformationsgeschichte auftauchte, in der unter anderem das Vereinigte Königreich des Einsatzes chemischer Waffen in Syrien beschuldigt wird.

Doch das Ziel der Desinformationen war nicht allein die Verwirrung. Es wird auch versucht einzuschüchtern, zu bedrohen und zu verängstigen—eine weitere geläufige Technik. Die Sprecherin des russischen Außenministeriums erklärte am Dienstag, Russland ersuche Großbritannien, mit einer Atommacht nicht in der Sprache von Ultimaten zu sprechen. Dies ist nicht das erste Mal, dass Vertreter des Kremls sich einer ähnlichen Wortwahl gegenüber europäischen Staaten bedient haben.

Zusätzlich behaupteten die russischen Staatsmedien bei der Berichterstattung über den Skripal-Fall, dass „der Verräter es verdient hat“.  Viele Nachrichtensendungen stellten ihn als „Verräter Skripal“ vor, wodurch die Worte Putins aus einem berüchtigten Interview nachklingen: „Verräter enden immer auf einem schlimmen Wege.“

Während sich andere Staaten gegenüber der britischen Regierung solidarisch zeigten, machten sich, wie von DFRLab dokumentiert, die offiziellen Twitterfeeds des russischen Außenministeriums mit dem Hashtag „HighlyLikelyRussia“ über die britische Regierung lustig.

Es kann mitunter schwierig sein, den Weg durch den Sumpf der Desinformationen zu finden. Steigen Sie nicht hinein.

Übersetzungen aus dem Englischen: Astrid Schwaderer

No maps were used to illustrate President Vladimir Putin's announcement that Russia has a new invincible nuclear ballistic missile
Additional details: No maps were used to illustrate President Vladimir Putin's announcement Russia has a new invincible nuclear ballistic missile. There is no basis for saying that some U.S. states were actually used there. No maps were used; those are some absolutely arbitrary geographical outlines.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.interfax.ru/russia/602153
Disinforming outlet(s): Interfax
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

The image on display as the target of Russia’s new nuclear weapon during Vladimir Putin’s presentation was easily recognizable as the exact replica of a satellite image of the State of Florida available publically on the Geology.com Website. Further debunking by Polygraph.info: https://www.polygraph.info/a/putin-new-missile-nuclear-florida-us/29081265.html

Keywords: Nuclear issues, Vladimir Putin, Warmongering
Countries: Russia, US
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Skripal poisoning: Provocation by the West before the Russian presidential elections
Additional details: What happened to Mr Skripal: many people said that it would happen, that there will be a provocation [by the West] before the Russian elections, claiming that Russian secret services killed or poisoned somebody.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/9G5flVe8l6k?t=1698
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 28:16
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. 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 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.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Provocation, Secret services, Elections
Countries: Russia, The West
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Next-generation nuclear weapons unveiled by Vladimir Putin in his state of the nation address have been designed with one goal: to save peace
Additional details: What we heard on March 1 [Putin's state of the nation address] is, perhaps, a scientific and technical version of the Munich speech [Putin's speech in Munich in 2007]. This is a technological Munich speech. And how should we name the missile [next-generation cruise missiles unveiled by Putin]? It can be called "The Peacemaker", for example. Because its purpose is to save peace. This is peace.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MY4qgrCv20
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto vstrechi @NTV TV-channel, 33:53
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

This is not how president Vladimir Putin presented it. In the nearly two-hour TV film World Order 2018, Russian president Vladimir Putin tells host Vladimir Solovyov: “This is called reciprocal strike.” “If there is this decision to destroy Russia then we have a legal right to respond.” “Yes, this would be a global catastrophe for humanity but I, as a citizen of Russia and the head of the Russian state would like to ask you this—what do we need a world for if there is no Russia in it?” http://www.newsweek.com/putin-russia-nuclear-war-834553

Keywords: Nuclear issues, Russian superiority, Vladimir Putin
Countries: Russia, The West
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The US bets on reducing the turnout in Russia's presidential elections to below 45 percent
Additional details: On a tactical level, our overseas opponents staked on the maximum drop in turnout and delegitimization of the results of the voting on March 18. They even set specific "planks": to recognize turnout only at the level of no more than 45 percent.


 

     
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsuleNvFU48
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 0:50
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Neither the US nor the EU stated their wish to reduce or assess the turnout in Russia’s presidential elections to below 45 percent.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info: https://www.polygraph.info/a/meddling-in-russian-election/29087414.html

Keywords: election meddling, Destabilising Russia, Elections
Countries: Russia, The West, US
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On the eve of the presidential elections in Russia, US media is attempting to split Russia and start a civil war
Additional details: [During the presidential campaign in Russia, the US media like RFE/RL and Voice of America ...] is agitating. On Russia's sovereign territory and in the languages of the peoples of Russia. This is directed towards our people. They want to split us. They want to make us quarrel with each other. They want to involve us in a civil war.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZGrqyWJrPY
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 39:59
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 20 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, providing uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate. https://pressroom.rferl.org/p/6091.html

RFE/RL is registered with the IRS as a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c)3 corporation, and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors as a private grantee. RFE/RL's editorial independence is protected by U.S. law.

Accuracy, balance, comprehensiveness, and objectivity are standards that are legally mandated in the VOA Charter. https://www.insidevoa.com/p/5831.html

Keywords: Provocation, Civil war, Media, Elections
Countries: Russia, The West
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As long as Europe is united, it is trying to capture Russia: it happened like that, when Europe was under Napoleon and Hitler, and it is happening like that now
Additional details: As long as Europe is united, it will never be good to Russia. When Europe is being united, it feels super-strong and tries to capture everyone around including Russia. It happened like that, when Europe was under Napoleon and Hitler, and it is happening like that now.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFzFxPD_3CI
Disinforming outlet(s): Mesto vstrechi @NTV TV-channel, 1:31:17
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Neither the EU nor ‘united Europe’ has ever "tried to capture" Russia. Currently Russia occupies territories of Ukraine. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22140

Keywords: Destabilising Russia, Europe
Countries: Russia, The West
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For 25 years, Russia has supported - artificially supported - the independence of the so-called Ukraine with the help of cheap gas
Additional details: For 25 years, Russia has supported - artificially supported - the independence of the so-called Ukraine with the help of cheap gas and other resources.


 

  
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuNKzSWZA5g
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 31:02
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77158&date=

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc.

Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal for cut-price gas in the end of 2013. in April, 2014, Russia raised the price by 80%: initially it went up from $268.5 per 1,000 cubic metres (cu m) to $385.5 because of unpaid bills, then up to $485, much higher than the market level, ostensibly because of the introduction of an export duty on gas  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29521564

Keywords: Energy, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Either Ukraine will be part of Russia or gas pipelines will go around Ukraine
Additional details: We [Russia] want to trade directly with consumers of our gas in Europe, with Germany and so on, without intermediaries. Therefore, we want to exclude these intermediaries. Therefore, either Ukraine will be part of Russia or the pipes will go around Ukraine.

[...]

IWe should not talk about Ukraine as a different country. We must talk about the reunification of the Russian people. We are a single people.

[...]

And it is necessary telling our Western partners not about fascists here but a noble idea. We must say: guys, we have a single Russian people that is the largest disunited people in the world.


 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuNKzSWZA5g
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 1:11:46, 1:12:10, 1:13:06
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Ukraine is a sovereign country, whose independence has been recognized by the UN. Moreover, the Russians and the Ukrainians have been different peoples throughout the history and until today. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc.

Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Ethnic Russians
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, EU
More
The reports of Western media on the Skripal poisoning are propaganda to justify sanctions against Russia
Additional details: These provocations [like linking Sergei Skripal's death to Russia] are for internal use. They [the West, first of all the UK] should explain to their citizens, why sanctions are being imposed, why the Russians are presented as fools and why this whole bacchanalia continues in all the media.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/9G5flVe8l6k?t=2790
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @Pervyi kanal, 46:31
Reported by: East Stratcom
Disproof note:

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

The sanctions were imposed on Russia because of the annexation of Crimea. Accusations of anti-Russian propaganda aimed at the Western audience are typical for pro-Kremlin disinformation, see https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=russophobia&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/russia-as-a-victim-of-western-aggression/ and https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77369&date=

As for Sergei Skripal:

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 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.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Provocation, Anti-Russian, Media
Countries: Russia, The West
More
British authorities are exploiting the Skripal-case for anti-Russian propaganda
Additional details: The real similarity between the case of Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko is the cynical way that the British authorities are exploiting it for anti-Russian propaganda.

It seems highly significant that Russia's presidential elections are due to take place later this month. What better way to smear the expected electoral victory of incumbent president Vladimir Putin than to accuse the Kremlin of carrying out an assassination plot on British soil against a former Russian spy?
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Alexander Litvinenko, was poisoned with radioactive polonium 210 in 2006. An inquiry into the murder, led by High Court judge Sir Robert Owen, found, in 2016, that Litvinenko was murdered by a former Russian agent, Andrey Lugovoi, with the “strong probability” that the murder was ordered by Russian intelligence.

The nerve agent that poisoned Skripal 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

For other examples of many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, see: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack, Propaganda, Russophobia, Conspiracy, Alexander Litvinenko, Sputnik
Countries: UK, Russia
More
It was Britain that experimented with nerve agent
Additional details: Porton Down, where the Brits were experimenting with the same types of nerve agents, is located next door to where Skripal and his daughter were found.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Rossiya24
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. 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 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, https://theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264.

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.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.

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

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Theresa May, Chemical weapons/attack, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Russia
More
Warning: suicide is an occupational hazard of the work of a traitor
Additional details: Alcoholism & drug addiction, stress, severe nervous breakdown & depression are the inevitable occupational diseases of the traitor. And as a result— heart attacks, strokes, traffic accidents—and, finally, suicide.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Perviy Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given that diseases mentioned are relevant for the case discussed.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. 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 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.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.

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

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Russia
More
British lab untrustworthy or complicit
Additional details: Porton Down is mired in controversy, among other things growing cannabis and harbouring aliens.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: www.rt.com/uk/420800-spy-russia-gas-facility/
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

Porton Down, which is Britain's military research base, 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 lab is an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) designated laboratory run by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Chemical and Biological Systems. https://theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264. For information about the lab, and debunks for other conspiracy theories about it, see information from the UK Government https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-truth-about-porton-down.

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

 

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Russia Today (RT), Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: UK
More
Russian ex-spy may have overdosed
Additional details: Skripal and his daughter may have overdosed on Fentanyl.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: ria.ru/world/20180306/1515866868.html
Disinforming outlet(s): RIA Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. 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 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.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.

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

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Russia
More
Pointing a finger at Russia regarding Russian ex-spy poisoning is Russophobia
Additional details: Slow deaths are good for news stories. Just as Litvinenko was being slowly poisoned with weak poison, this comrade [Skripal] is being slowly poisoned with weak poison to prolong Western news coverage.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minutes @Rossiya 1
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. https://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.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.

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

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack, Russophobia, The West, Alexander Litvinenko
Countries: UK, Russia
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Americans poisoned Russian ex-spy Skripal and daughter to spread Russophobia
Additional details: Americans poisoned these people in order to destabilize the world, inflame the wave of Russophobia and force the UK to isolate Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 minutes @Rossiya1
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. https://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.

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of this catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.

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

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, security threat, Chemical weapons/attack, Russophobia, Conspiracy, The West
Countries: UK, Russia, US
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UK poisoned the Russian ex-spy Skripal to stage a boycott of the coming World Cup in Russia
Additional details: 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.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/wuI1m0oFbAs?t=6954
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti Nedeli @Rossiya 1
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

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

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media. https://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 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/971924556423356416.

Keywords: World Cup, Sergei Skripal, Olympics, Chemical weapons/attack, Russophobia, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Russia
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The US and the UK ordered the use of chemical weapons in Syria
Additional details: The Syrian government has always refused allegations that it used chemical weapons, while now there is proof that the American and British governments ordered terrorists in Eastern Ghouta to use chemical weapons and then accuse the Syrian government of committing those acts. The orders were given to the jihadists of Tahrir al-Sam, Fajlak al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sam.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): Orientalista.hu
Reported by: Political Capital Institute
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons in Syria.https://euvsdisinfo.eu/smear-campaign-against-civilian-rescuers-in-syria-continues/

No evidence supporting the claims. In November 2017, a UN Security Council-mandated investigation concluded that both ISIL and the Syrian government had been responsible for chemical attacks in Syria https://news.un.org/en/story/2017/11/570192-both-isil-and-syrian-government-responsible-use-chemical-weapons-un-security.

Russia repeatedly cast veto of United Nations Security Council action on Syria. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-chemicalweapons/russia-casts-10th-u-n-veto-on-syria-action-blocking-inquiry-renewal-idUSKBN1DG31I

 

Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War, Daesh
Countries: UK, US, Syria
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