Zakharova to Johnson: “100 suspicions don’t make evidence” – Dostoyevsky

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Britain has begun an anti-Russian campaign, utilising the framework of the Skripal case, said Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova.  Information is being hidden from the Russian side and non-disclosure of the details of what happened suggest that, indeed, the British special services are involved,” – she added.

The whole situation with the alleged poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia – is fabricated, continues Zakharova.

“It’s not just some kind of a misunderstanding – it’s  conscious desire to bring out the entire history associated with the declaration of Russia as an enemy of the people of the world, to a new level,” she explained.

According to Zakharova, it is paradoxical that the West, which was an apologist for the history of the Soviet Union, in particular the 1930s, repressions, and so on, which openly expressed its opinion without any delicacy in the period of the USSR and the period of democratization in Russia, now do the same.

Zakharova singled out three main points. There is a complete lack of information, except for political statements in the British parliament. Second: there is no interaction with the Russian side – “neither publicly, nor at the political level, nor at the level of the special services.” Third: “a colossal propaganda effort to involve our own media and the world, as well as the public and political heavyweights, in putting ideological pressure on Russia, and on everyone else – pressures in all senses of the word in order to force Russia to admit guilt in something it had no part in.”

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The most fantastic thing, according to Zakharova, is that the head of the Foreign Office, Boris Johnson, does not even conceal this plan : the other day he referenced Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment ” – “when we know who is to blame, and our task is to pull out a confession”.

The entire novel by Dostoevsky – is about something else, reminded Zakharova: it is about how methodically and scrupulously an investigation is conducted to painstakingly collect evidence. Russia refused the blame – without trials, accusations without evidence and, moreover, punishment without trial and result – all this is now performed by Britain and the West.

“From a hundred rabbits you can’t make a horse, a hundred suspicions don’t make a proof, as the English proverb says, but that’s only from the rational point of view—you can’t help being partial, for after all a lawyer is only human. “– Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Has Johnson read the book or skimmed it on SparkNotes?

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