Friday 30 September 2022 05:50 PM Putin's TV propagandists pounce on Nord Stream conspiracy theory that BRITAIN ... trends now
Putin's television stooges have pounced on a new conspiracy theory that it was British divers who were behind the mysterious gas pipeline bombings in the Baltic Sea.
The theory is the latest effort by Kremlin propagandists to shift blame and spread confusion over the attacks on the Nord Stream pipeline, which Russia called the result of state-sponsored 'terrorism'.
A sharp drop in pressure on both pipelines was registered on Sept 26 and seismologists detected explosions, triggering a wave of speculation about who might have sabotaged one of Russia's most important energy corridors.
The European Union said it suspected sabotage caused the damage to the Gazprom-led Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in Swedish and Danish waters. The White House has dismissed Russian allegations it was behind the incidents.
And now presenter Olga Skabeyeva, known as Putin's 'Iron Doll' propagandist, has employed the usual conspiracy theorist's playbook of raising a lot of questions that do not require support or evidence to cast suspicion on Britain.
'If you look at the military activity in the bombing area, there are a lot of coincidences,' she told viewers. 'Watch your hands, as they say.'
TV presenter Olga Skabeyeva claimed that British scuba diving exercises were going on over three days right next to the Nord Stream gas pipeline when the sabotage occurred
She was employing the usual conspiracy theorist's playbook to raise a lot of questions that do not require support or evidence to cast suspicion on Britain
The blasts have resulted in thousands of tons of natural gas leaking into the Baltic Sea, causing a dangerous swell that has disrupted shipping and may cause an environmental catastrophe if the leak cannot be stopped
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the 'sabotage' against Nord Stream is an 'act of international terrorism'
Without citing any evidence, Skabeyeva said: 'On the morning after the explosion, a report came to the White House that British scuba diving exercises were going on for the third day right next to the Nord Stream.
'The same day London rewarded them for some kind of combat merit in carrying out…an important exercise in foreign territorial waters, whatever that means.
'A few weeks before the explosion, an American military helicopter circled tightly over the scene.
'Yes and the blast site is just a hushed up place for exercises, it is where Denmark and NATO train regularly.
'In June the US boasted of successes in the field of underwater drones, which were tested.
'Where? Again at the same location.
'Now Pentagon chief [Lloyd] Austin is offering Denmark and Sweden his help in the investigation.
'And all of a sudden the Western media is