DISINFO: 18 diplomats present at the court hearings is a proof that Navalny is a foreign agent
  • Outlet: tsargrad.tv (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 02, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
Diplomacy with Russia Alexei Navalny

DISINFO: 18 diplomats present at the court hearings is a proof that Navalny is a foreign agent


In the courtroom, the majority of the audience was English speaking. Except for journalists, diplomats from 18 foreign embassies were present. Try to prove now that Navalny is not a foreign agent or a double, triple or twelve times agent.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny.

Court hearings are, as a rule, open to the public. Diplomats have the right, just as any other member of the public, to attend a court hearing. International diplomats are present to observe whether the Russian judiciary fulfils its functions according to Russian law and Russia's international obligations on human rights.

The unfounded and recurrent claim on Navalny being “Foreign agent” is presented without any evidence. Similar cases here and here.

The EU has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.


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