The U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has recently said in his article (highlight mine):

Our allies have not been deterred by Russia’s usual tactics for avoiding pressure. Sure enough, the Kremlin began pumping out a deluge of lies almost as soon as Sergei and Yulia Skripal had entered intensive care.

So far, my colleagues at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have identified 21 theories broadcast by the Russian state media, ranging from the sublime (Skripal overdosed because he was addicted to Novichok) to the absurd (America did it to “destabilise the world”) to the offensive (The UK poisoned its own city to spoil the World Cup).

Question: is this an accurate number? Is there a list of these theories published anywhere?

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    "There are more than 83,000 active and officially registered media outlets in Russia" so it wouldnt be unexpected some would run some theories by that were not "obviously it was Russia "
    – daniel
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 8:24
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    @daniel : but there are much less than 83,000 active Russian state media.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 9:36
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    Hard to count... however, if you remember how many mutually exclusive theories of MH-17 catastrophe were made up, 21 doesn't seem a huge number.
    – IMil
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 12:54
  • Well, what's a theory? Does something like "a Big Hairy Yeti did this!" count as a theory?
    – Common Guy
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 14:40
  • there were some legitimate news outlets in the US that seriously proposed that a miniature black hole swallowed MH-370 that could count as a theory
    – DenisS
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 15:47


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