Disinfo: Navalny was not poisoned before the plane landed in Omsk according to a French journalist


The Navalny poisoning turned into an absurd farce, analysed a French journalist. There are three inconsistencies. First, if Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent he would be dead or heavily disabled, he wouldn’t have recovered. Second, if Novichok was used, the collaborators who took the water bottle in the hotel would have been poisoned also. And third, if Novichok was used, the plane passengers or the crew who might have been in physical contact with Alexei Navalny would have been poisoned too. As a consequence, Alexei Navalny was not poisoned before the plane landed in Omsk.


Part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Navalny, which follows the same playbook as the one deployed after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in 2018. The case has been debunked also by The Insider (in Russian). Cristelle Néant cannot be called a French Journalist nor does she work for a French media outlet. She is living on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic since 2015 and has the citizenship of this non recognised state since 2016. She was not a journalist before she left for Donbas and has not been in Western Europe since 2015. The press agencies DONi and Donbass Insider cannot be called independent. The website Agoravox is not a French media outlet but a citizens platform to which anybody can register and publish their own material. The exact circumstances of the poisoning has yet to be investigated. Russian authorities have so far not moved forward on conducting any kind of investigation on the attempted murder of Alexei Navalny. Read also: Navalny wasn’t poisoned with Novichok, he would be dead within 10 minutes, It is impossible to recover from a Novichok poisoning, The Germans invented the bottle with Novichok to hide that they contaminated Navalny’s body fluids in Berlin.


  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2020
  • Outlet language(s) French, English, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny, Donbas
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