The widely publicised attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March 2018 certainly did a lot to bring chemical warfare agents, particularly nerve agents, into the public consciousness in the UK and elsewhere. Recent developments in the neighbouring town of Amesbury, where a couple are ill due to coming in contact with the same materials, continue to keep this case in the spotlight. These incidents also bring a lot of questions ranging from the sensible to the ridiculous, and the situation bred numerous odd “alternative narratives” and conspiracy theories.
As some football fans followed Putin’s call not to mix sports and politics, his propaganda outlets did exactly that. Russia is enjoying an unrivalled level of international media attention as thousands of fans have poured into Russia for the FIFA 2018 World Cup.