FACT CHECK: Did The ‘Lead Investigator’ Of The Nord Stream Explosion Die?
A post shared on Facebook claims “Erik Ollsen,” purportedly the “lead investigator” of the Nord Stream explosion, died unexpectedly.
There is no evidence this man exists. A spokesperson for the Swedish Prosecution Authority confirmed the claim was false.
The Nord Stream pipeline, which transports gas from Russia to Europe, was discovered to have been “extensively damaged” and was leaking gas, according to CNBC. The Swedish government has stated that their investigation strengthened its suspicion that the leaks were a result of sabotage, the outlet reported.
The Facebook post claims Ollsen, who is reportedly the “lead investigator” of the Nord Stream explosion, died from a bee sting. The post partially reads, “The LEAD INVESTIGATOR of the Nordstream pipeline sabotage just died of a BEE STING and was CREMATED WITHIN HOURS.”
However, there is no evidence that the lead investigator died. If the lead investigator for the Nord Stream explosion had died, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. The Swedish government has not announced the death of any investigators in the case.
There is also no evidence that Ollsen even exists. The Swedish Prosecution Authority named Mats Ljungqvist as the chief investigator in a September 28 press release. The group has not named any other prosecutor to lead the case. (RELATED: Did Norway Send Its Military To Counter Joe Biden?)
A spokesperson for the Swedish Prosecution Authority told Check Your Fat that the claim was “fake news.”
“Regarding the rumours about Swedish prosecutor ‘Erik Olsson.’ We have no prosecutor named involved in the case named Erik Olsson, who have passed away following a bee sting. This is fake news,” the spokesperson said. “The investigation is led by senior public prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist at the National Security Unit at the Swedish Prosecution Authority.”
Misinformation around the Nord Stream leaks is not new. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that Norway sent its military to counter President Joe Biden in the aftermath of the Nord Stream leaks.