A few words of explanation before I review the following article.
The Russian name Skripal translates to Violin or Fiddle, so when you read it, it is just their name.
VZ.ru is Vzglyad, owned by Konstantin Rykov, a Russian politician, and is known for flooding the internet with pro-Russian articles. From my observations, the twisting and skewing of the facts are tangible in most stories dealing with the West.
The article is supposed to point out the reasons for the UK naming two Russians as the prime suspects in the Skripal assassination-attempt case.
The article starts out well, mostly quoting Western sources and accurately names two Russians, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirova, as the suspects.
Then it makes the assertion that there is an ongoing conspiracy to blame everything on Russia.
The Anglo-Saxon media and the Atlantic elite have such a huge experience and centuries-old tradition of attributing to Russia all possible and impossible atrocities and atrocities, that the facts worry them the last [sic].
The article diverges from the subject, attempting to present justification for the UK blaming Russia:
- The article drags in unrelated topics such as Brexit, which has nothing to do with the assassination attempt.
- The article discusses sanctions currently and potentially against Russia
- It delves into the upcoming US election and that a perceived victory by Trump will ensure more sanctions against Russia.
- It discusses how France, Germany, and Rome perceive Russia positively and do not support more sanctions against Russia.
The rest of the article descends into a morass of muck, mud, and contemplation unrelated to the Skripal assassination attempt.
The article neglects to mention a single tangible reason for the UK to name Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirova as the prime suspects, nor does it say why they should not have. It implies it is a political scheme meant to paint this as just another Russian smear, but fails to make that point. Many Russians are great chess players, so some Russian minds function logically. This article, however, does not. It gives multiple “typical” behaviors by the West, but the reader is expected to leapfrog over those behaviors with a light touch and assume this accounts for the UK blaming Russia for the Skripal assassination attempt. The connection is not made, and the logic does not flow.
This is one of hundreds of attempts by the Russian and pro-Russian media to spread disinformation about the naming and photographs of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirova and the fingers blatantly pointing at Russia. Russia is denying, obfuscating, and citing multiple other theories, of course. This article is just one of many. Expect more, much more… I just feel sorry for the Russian people who have to read this junk.
I cite this because it was pointed out by Igor Panarin, today. Dude, the article sucked, you should point out something that was actually edited. You can do better.
ps. For a good article with good logic flow, see, Planes, trains and fake names: the trail left by Skripal suspects. No, we’re not related. I am a fan, however.
Why did London play the second act of the “Fiddles”
The story of the poisoning of the Violins goes to a new round – the British authorities showed photos of two Russian citizens allegedly implicated in this crime. Regardless of who these people really are, it is clear that Britain will use criminal investigation for its political purposes. Which ones?
In London, they stated that they had identified the identities of two Russians who had poisoned the Fiddles. Thus, six months after the Salisbury incident, the accusations against Russia have reached a new level – for the first time, what the British authorities consider to be evidence of Russia’s involvement.
First, the British police showed photos of two Russians – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirova, who visited England on March 2-4 this year, and reported that they believed they were suspected of attempting to kill Sergei and Yulia [Skripal]. Among the evidence of guilt were photos from the cameras of outdoor surveillance in Salisbury and London, the story that in the hotel room where Petrov and Boshirov stayed, traces of “Novice” and a photo of a counterfeit perfume bottle were found, in which the poisonous substance was allegedly imported in the UK. After an hour, Teresa May said her word:
“Based on the investigation, the government concludes that two citizens, whose names were called by the police and prosecutors, are employees of the Russian military intelligence service of the GRU … This was not just a criminal operation. Most likely, it was approved outside the GRU, at the highest level of the Russian government. “
May said that the names under which the suspects entered the country were most likely fictional and called the event “a threat to all British citizens and all of her allies”, calling for collective measures against the Russian military department.
Stating that “only Moscow had reasons to poison the Violins,” the British prime minister named one of them:
“I suspect that they wanted to give a signal to those Russians who live abroad and who were involved in matters related to the Russian authorities. But it is Russia that has to explain what happened in Salisbury. “
Unsurprisingly, May said that London would seek to expand sanctions against Russia:
“We intend to address our partners in the EU and work through the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons … We hope that the states that have been restrained in approving sanctions against Russia have now received exhaustive evidence of Russia’s involvement and will act accordingly.”
At the same time, she noted that after Brexit Britain will “be able to introduce its own sanctions”: ”
“Our response will be powerful and long-lasting. I want to appeal to those who doubt Russia’s involvement: the crime was committed against British citizens in the territory of the United Kingdom. “
In Moscow, they reacted with bewilderment: Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said that London gives conflicting data and sends incomprehensible signals. Ushakov said that in the Kremlin heard two surnames pronounced by British law enforcers, but they do not say anything to Moscow:
“There was another comment along the line of Scotland Yard that these names were supposedly fictional. I do not understand why this was done and what kind of signal the British side sends. It’s hard to understand … These data are not data, but it’s unclear what. “
However, one can already assume that it will follow. London is trying to give the story with the Fiddles a second wind in order to strengthen the ranks of the anti-Russian coalition in the West. It is already known that Teresa May talked about the results of the investigation with US President Donald Trump, and the US ambassador in London, Robert Wood Johnson, stated that “the United States and Great Britain hold a joint firm position to hold Russia responsible for this act of aggression against Britain.”
That is, Russia, which was appointed in March as guilty of what the Anglo-Saxon press calls “the first post-World War II use of a warfare agent in Europe”, will now be portrayed as the definitive criminal. Whatever we say, we would not point out any inconsistencies in the English version, no matter how much they laughed at the fact that in the West they believe that “Moscow specifically decided to kill the former employee of his special services in exactly the same way that would point to the Russian trace “- for the anti-Russian campaign this will not make any difference.
The Anglo-Saxon media and the Atlantic elite have such a huge experience and centuries-old tradition of attributing to Russia all possible and impossible atrocities and atrocities, that the facts worry them the last. It is enough to look at the hysteria that has been going on for more than a year and a half with the “Russian connections” of Trump, for which Moscow did not give any reason at all to understand that the case of the Violins will be used for a long time. Another thing – how successful?
What does London need now? To facilitate the terms of “Brexit”, including through the increase of its weight in the eyes of the United States and the European Union. “The Case of the Violins” was an excellent occasion for the British to build an anti-Russian party, in which they played the main role. The EU countries and the US went on to impose new sanctions against Russia, and London demonstrated that it is still able to set the tone for world politics.
It is clear that the policy of open pressure on Russia was launched by the USA in 2014, but by the beginning of 2018 it was already largely exhausted, and the Atlantists needed to give it a second wind. What happened – the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the West has aggravated and so tense relations with Russia.
And the history of the exchange of sanctions because of the “case of the Violins” was already unfinished. In late August, the United States imposed new sanctions against Russia, which they were obliged to introduce in accordance with their laws, describing the procedure for punishing countries that had used chemical weapons. According to the same laws, in three months, Washington should begin to consider a second, much more serious level of sanctions – in which it is already possible to lower the level of diplomatic relations, and almost complete curtailment of trade. This deadline will come in late November, already after the congressional elections, which are a crucial moment in the struggle for power in the United States. If Trump retains control of the Republicans over the Congress, he will feel more free – and, most importantly, he would no longer have the electoral need to prove to Congress that he, too, is tough on Russia.
However, with the advent of “Petrov and Boshirov” Trump will be much harder to evade from the new sanctions. He will be constantly reminded that “the fault of the Russians is proven,” and if he does not impose sanctions, he thereby proves that he is a “Russian agent”. If Trump wins the election in November, he will have the opportunity to ignore it – but if he loses, then ignoring the attacks will be much more difficult for him.
At the same time, the US is not the only object of London manipulation. May’s government will also pressure the European Union, urging it to introduce some new anti-Russian measures, at least demonstrative. And here too there is a dual situation.
On the one hand, Berlin and Paris, not to mention Rome and others, have absolutely no interest in increasing pressure on Russia. On the contrary, Europeans want to minimize the influence of all “Ukrainians” and “violinists” on their relations with Russia, so that they can return the times of normal relations, competitive, but partly partner (at least in the economy). This is all the more important for Europe in conditions of deepening disagreements with Donald Trump.
But, on the other hand, in May elections to the European Parliament are coming, at which the relative success of Eurosceptics is quite likely. They will not get the majority, but even a third of the votes will be enough to significantly complicate the already sluggish process of European integration. To prevent the success of the “European Trump”, many of which are also against “Atlantic solidarity” (globalization and NATO, to put it more simply), the Anglo-Saxons will wage unbridled propaganda campaigns against them. Accusations of radicalism grow into accusations of extremism, and even fascism – to try to scare off those who are dissatisfied with the current situation of voters. And one of the favorite bugs – reproaches of Eurosceptics and nationalists in sympathy for Russia. “Useful idiots of Putin, they are in favor of friendship with Russia,
Considering that this does not make a serious impression on European voters (according to polls, the majority of Germans, French and Italians are in favor of restoring normal relations with Russia), the Atlantists need to constantly demonize Russians. “Now, they are killing peaceful Syrians” – but this is far from being effective. “Now, they are using chemical weapons in the streets of European cities” – closer and already convince someone.
Therefore, in Europe, two tendencies will now struggle against each other. On the one hand – the desire of the Atlantists to play a new act of “Russian threat”. On the other hand, the desire of even the authorities of most European countries to normalize relations with our country. The appearance of “Petrov and Bosharov” will not become an occasion for a new round of sanctions confrontation between Russia and the EU, but will be played in full in the election propaganda and agitation.
Is this dangerous for the relations between Russia and the West? No – our confrontation is almost at its maximum. All that the adepts of the “Skripal affair” can achieve is to support it in this state for some time. Until the American voters in November, and the European in May, do not say their weighty word – not about Russia, but about the future of their own countries.