In the weeks leading up to and following a joint air campaign against Syrian chemical weapons facilities carried out by the  U.S., U.K., and France, Russia has repeatedly attempted to gain control of the narrative through misleading statements and outright fabrications about the reasons for the strike and its outcomes. These brazen claims may seem surprising to those who understand that governments do lie, but assume they like to keep those lies based in enough reality to justify; but for those who are accustomed to following Russia’s foreign policy, it’s all been par for the course.

Here are a few examples of times Russia was recently caught misrepresenting the facts regarding the various ongoing conflicts in Syria.


Last week, Russia claimed Syria shot down 83 of 105 inbound missiles during the U.S., U.K., and French air strikes.

After a joint ballistic missile offensive mounted by the United States, United Kingdom and France destroyed three facilities that were allegedly integral to Syria’s chemical weapon infrastructure, the Russian military quickly claimed that the Soviet era missile defense systems employed by Bashar al Assad’s Syrian regime had successfully intercepted 71 of 105 inbound missiles, but then, a week later, Russian General Sergei Rudskoi inflated those claims to 83, adding that two more of the missiles failed and were captured.

According to the Defense Department, Syria fired two interceptors during the offensive, neither of which hit anything, followed by 40 more after their attack was over. Even if all 42 interceptors were actually fired during the missile strikes, nearly all of them would need to have somehow intercepted two missiles each to match the numbers touted by Rudskoi. Thus far, Russia has offered no evidence to support their claims whatsoever.

You can read more about General Sergei Rudskoi’s claims in the article: Narrative warfare: Russia now claims Syria intercepted 83 missiles, captured 2


Russian and Syrian forces claimed no chemical weapons were used, then prevented UN investigators from confirming.

Although Russia and Syria have both denied the use of chemical weapons against civilians inside rebel controlled territory in Syria, they barred UN investigators from accessing the scene of the alleged attack immediately after it occurred. Weeks later, after they finally granted investigators from the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) access to the site, the security and reconnaissance team the UN tasked with scouting the location of the alleged April 7th chemical weapons attack came under small arms fire, forcing them to leave the city.