Video: Johnson embarrasses again – or is Russia just not very good at assassination?

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has inflicted a series of embarrassments on himself and on this country – as well as being caught lying about that the toxin in the Salisbury poisoning incident having been positively identified as Russian in origin.

Now he has committed another huge gaffe, by lamenting the murder of a Russian journalist, with a clear implication that it was a Russian attack on freedom of speech, just before said journalist turned up alive and well at a press conference:

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Babchenko’s sudden healthy appearance was captured by cameras to the consternation of the BBC:

Johnson’s finger of blame was already pointing at Russia for the shooting to death of Mr Babchenko, abetted by the BBC – which continues to stream anti-Russian propaganda unabated in spite of Babchenko’s embarrassing appearance. The Ukrainians had also pointed at Russia but then claimed that Babchenko’s death was ‘staged’ to capture assassins.

Russia’s initial denials of any part in Babchenko’s death were notably similar to their refusal to accept responsibility for the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury – and Johnson’s haste to apportion blame has a familiar ring to it.

With both Sergei and Yulia Skripal now out of hospital after exposure to one of the most deadly nerve toxins in existence and Mr Babchenko turning up without a scratch, if the Russians are in the carrying out political assassinations in other countries, one can only conclude they’re not very good at it.

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26 responses to “Video: Johnson embarrasses again – or is Russia just not very good at assassination?

  1. Like many I have a pretty low opinion of Boris but to be fair he was by no means the only one taken in by this.

    • Couldn’t agree more.
      In order to “not be taken in” one would need to know that Mr. Babchenko was in fact alive.
      I missed the initial report but would have had no reason to doubt it.
      This would hardly even make the “BloJo Bloopers” outtakes reel.

    • Are you saying you weren’t?

      It’s very easy to be smug and condescending with the benefit of hindsight.

      • Allan – Perhaps you also can explain why you weren’t taken in by the initial reports that Babchenko had been murdered.

        Did The Sun carry the story in Wednesday’s edition, I don’t know, do you? I’ve just looked online and there doesn’t appear to be anything about the initial reports, however they’ve got quite a good write up on the current situation

      • Well tbh I didn’t hear about the episode until AFTER he came back to life, but even if I hadn’t, I would have been 100% sceptical that it was Putin/Russia wot done it.

      • Allan – Did you have the same degree of blind faith in Putin regarding the death of Alexander Litvinenko?

      • And I suppose you believe there were WMD in Iraq.

        As for Litvinenko, here’s an interesting article/assessment of the case. And here’s a little tidbit – which may sound familiar – just to whet your appetite:

        ‘Part of the media disinformation at the time following Litvinenko’s death was that polonium was exceedingly rare and produced only in Russia. This is simply untrue.’

        https://off-guardian.org/2018/03/17/litvinenko-and-the-demise-of-british-justice/comment-page-1/

      • Why the rather silly distraction regarding Iraq?

        Thanks for taking the time to reply but unfortunately you’ve neglected to actually answer my question

        Allan – Did you have the same degree of blind faith in Putin regarding the death of Alexander Litvinenko?

      • (Soz this is late. Been away from computerland…)

        I’m saying, Steve (if you’re still there), that anti-Putin horror stories are coming at us now on a virtually daily basis, none of which are supported by any hard evidence AT ALL!

        So, yes, I automatically treat all such stories with extreme scepticism, till proven with, y’know, solid facts…

      • Thanks for your much more measured and informative follow-up. Obviously to a lesser extent than yourself but I also have a degree of scepticism regarding some anti Putin propaganda but I also recognise that Putin has some very considerable shortcomings.

      • There are lots of leaders who can be criticised but it’s essential to be aware of western corporate media manipulation. Eg Saudi beheadings, religious fanaticism, misogyny and war atrocities in Yemeni don’t attract the same criticism as govts that resist US interference. USA is a much more dangerous threat to world peace than ANY other country on the planet so don’t get distracted!!!

      • Thanks for the advice, but strangely enough I find it quite easy to recognise that both Trump and Putin are narcissistic arseholes.

  2. ‘Unable to carry out the simplest murder plot without cocking the whole thing up’. Ring any bells?

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  5. Breaking: Putin brings journalist, Arkady Babchenko, back to life.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPxpDugqZmQ

    Shame the anti Kiev regime journalists who have really been murdered in Ukraine don’t get any comment in western MSM.

    Johnson is an embarrassment full stop and clearly willing to believe any old Russia is evil narrative. Trolled twice in one week must be a record even for him… together with his side kick Williamson we see the quality of May cabinet in foreign affairs. God help us all.

    • It’s not that he believes it Maria, it’s just anti-Russian propaganda falsehoods for the masses that he’s disseminating, in the same sort of vein that the Nazis used to do all the time about whatever. And there really isn’t much difference between them (or the fascist controlled media that acts as their medium)!

      • Did I give the impression I think Johnson believes his/this Russophobic campaign? Who knows, or cares, what he believes, it’s what he does and says as Foreign Secretary that matters .

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  7. So is Hugh Grant been contracted to play Babchenko- the movie? A very Russian coup?

  8. If Boris is related to the queen and the queen was related to the Russian royal family then perhaps Boris’s anti-Russian stance might be explained. Could it be that he still holds a grudge for against the Russians because the Bolsheviks assassinated the Russian royal family? Just a thought.

  9. Whilst we are on about Russia, have we been told specifically why Mr. Abramovich has been ‘banned’ – to exaggerate for effect – from UK? Could it be because he hasn’t donated enough to the Tory Party coffers? Could it be because he is deemed too close to Putin? Or is it a Tory version of Anti-Semitism? Because it definitely could not be the case of lack of explanation of where he got his pile of cash, as I guess is the case of with all these oligarchs in exile in UK and donating generously to the Tories.

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