Defense/Security

Disinformation: the Syrian government has not used the chemical weapon

26 April, 2017

On April 7, as a response to the Syrian governmental forces’ offensive on the city of Khan-Shaykhun in Idlib province (April 4), the United States implemented a cruise missile attack on Shayrat Airbase. Several Pro-Kremlin media outlets, politicians and members of public voiced their response towards this event and noted that the Syrian government has not used the chemical weapon, hence no basis for the airstrike carried out by US. Similar information has also been disseminated by Russian media outlets, supportive of the Government of Russia/Kremlin. 

Arno Khidirbegashvili, Editor-in-Chief of Saqinform Nino Burjanadze, Democratic Movement – United Georgia Georgia and World, Editorial Board Davit Sukhiashvili, Blogger
"Usage of chemical weapon by Bashar al-Assad in Syria is the same kind of bluff as the usage of the latter by Sadam Hussain in Iraq in 2003!” "Have you seen evidences? This is a lie and looks like you are not following. No regime can compare to that of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the country that directly supports terrorism in the world.” "Lately, Americans have been talking about the usage of chemical weapon in Syria by Assad which is not confirmed officially.” "Trump’s arguments on the attack carried out against the legitimate government of Syria are outrageous. No investigation has been conducted to ascertain, who used the chemical weapon. They invented ‘the truth’ by themselves and force everybody to accept their nonsence.”
April 14, Asaval-Dasavali, Saqinform

April 14, Rustavi 2, 

different accents

April 10, Georgia and world April 9, Politicano
April 10, Georgia and world

Statements about the Government of Syria not using the chemical weapon in Syria are groundless, based on the data by such international organizations as World Health Organization, Human Rights Watch, Doctors without borders, Organizations for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Real facts

April 5, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) – number of those killed during the airstrike in Khan-Shaykhun, Idlib province, reached 86, including 30 children and 20 women. On April 4, medical sources confirmed that one of the quarters of the city was shelled with gas, causing symptoms such as suffocation, decrease of the color shell of the eye, spasms in the affected population.

April 5, World health Organization (WHO) is worried with the reports that indicate the usage of highly toxic chemical substances during the attack on Khan Shaykhun, Idlib province. According to the WHO partners on site (WHO – Health Cluster), at least 70 people were killed and hundreds were injured. According to the doctors in the Idlib province, dozens of people that were transported to the hospitals for emergency medical aid, had respiratory difficulties and suffocation. Majority of them are women and children.

April 5, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF): doctors of MSF working in Bab al-Hawa hospital in Idlib province confirm that eight patients injured in Khan-Shaykhun attack demonstrate symptoms that usually characterizes the exposure to Sarin – a neurotoxic agent, or similar substances.

On April 20, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that is the executive body of the Chemical Weapons Convention and includes 192 member countries as of today, published a report that the detailed analysis of bio-medical samples of the victims of the offensive revealed usage of poisonous gas - sarin or its analogue. Researches were conducted in four different laboratories of OPCW.

Human Rights Watch published reports on the usage of chemical agents (chlorine) by the Government of Syria in May 2014April 2015June 2015 and September 2016 as well.

Government of Russia and Media

Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russian Federation TV Channel of the Ministry of Defense of Russia – "Zvezda”, Author – Viktor Sokirno
"Where are the evidences of Syrian fighters using the chemical weapon? They are nowhere, yet it is still a violation of the international law.” "Accusations that the Syrian Governmental Forces used the chemical weapon, are not true.” Title: "Chemical clowns: America is ready to even blow itself in Syria in order to please its screenwriter.”

April 12

TV Mir

April 8

Ria Novosti

April 14

Website of the TV "Zvezda”

About Georgia and World.  The newspaper and internet-portal Georgia and World is published by LTD Historical Heritage, the foundation of which was publicly acclaimed by the Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Alexander Chachia, who was awarded with an order by Medvedev for "a great contribution to the friendship and cooperation with the Russian Federation” in July 2008, is a member of the council of Historical Heritage.

About Politicano. Politicano’s Facebook page is a medium connected with Evgeni Primakov-named Russo-Georgian public center. In turn, the given center is created by Gorchakov Foundation (created by an order of the President of Russia) and the Institute of International Relations of Georgia.

About Democratic Movement – United Georgia

Democratic Movement – United Georgia came up with an initiative of non-block status and neutrality prior to 2016 Parliamentary Elections which was also shared by other pro-Kremlin parties. Nino Burjanadze’s party was also pushing the idea that integration to the North-Atlantic space would result in Georgia losing its occupied territories.

About Saqinform. Arno Khidirbegashvili, the Editor-in-Chief of the edition, has been the owner of 100% of the shares of the information agency Saqinform since 2013. According to damoukidebloba.com, Saqinform’s domain is registered on Taras Gagnidze, the Head of pro-Russian organization, Historical Heritage, who also owns Georgia and World. Like Georgia and World, Saqinform is also infamous for its promotion of hate speech. With regards to Turkophobia, Saqinform portrays Russia as a counterbalance to Turkey and groundlessly appeals to Kars Trety.


Prepared by Robert Simonian
Myth Detector Lab