Disinfo: Alexei Navalny is a agent of British-US Special Services

Summary

Take a closer look at how the West manifests itself to the arrest and sentencing of Alexei Navalny, a US special services agent.

Navalny is Russia’s enemy. At some point (many associate it with the so-called “Magnitsky affair”) he was suddenly recruited by US special services.

Now back to the cosmic uproar that the West raised over Navalny’s “poisoning.” Now, look at how a whole propaganda campaign against Russia is unleashed in the West in connection with the fact that he was arrested and convicted for the case from which he tried to escape. Wow, what a “gross violation of human rights” against Navalny in Russia. Of course, the US-British agent was imprisoned, the world simply could not withstand the “loss of such a soldier.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny.

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court of embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.

There is no evidence to suggest that the Russian opposition figure was, or has been, in connection with foreign intelligence services. It should be noted that an opposing narrative, that the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) is a Kremlin project and that Navalny is an agent of Russian secret services is also pure speculation and not based on facts.

See similar cases in our database claiming that Navalny is being helped by Western secret services, that 18 diplomats present at the court hearings is proof that Navalny is a foreign agent, that Navalny was planted in the German-Russian relations by the American and British special services that the CIA cooperates with Navalny and that Europe evacuated its secret agent Navalny; the poisoning is fake.

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  • Reported in: Issue 231
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Armenian
  • Country: UK, US, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Alexei Navalny, Conspiracy theory, Secret services
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There is no repression in Russia

The Kremlin denies that there is repression in Russia, only police measures against those who break the law in unauthorised protests. During pro-Navalny demonstrations, arrests were made after the policemen were attacked by some violent elements.

Disproof

The claim is false. Although some participants in the pro-Navalny protests in Moscow in January 2021 were violent, there is evidence that the police acted with excessive force against largely peaceful demonstrators. The massive number of arrests (around 5,000 on the first week of protests in 85 cities) shows that not only those who acted violently were arrested. Also, there was a preemptive crackdown on activists and students ahead of the first demonstration.

These actions have been defined by Amnesty International as an attempt to silence criticism, and according to this organisation’s country profile, those attempting to exercise the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly faced reprisals, ranging from harassment to police ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest, heavy fines and in some cases criminal prosecution and imprisonment. A similar assessment is found in the Russian chapter of the Human Rights Watch World Report 2021.

Navalny doesn't reveal his sources unlike of Assange and Snowden

Unlike Assange and Snowden, Alexey Navanly doesn’t reveal the sources of his documents.

Disproof

Disinformation campaign to discredit Alexey Navalny claiming that he does make serious investigations or provides questionable pieces of evidence.

The FBK organisation (Foundation for Combating Corruption) is a Russian non-profit organisation based in Moscow established in 2011 by activist and politician Alexei Navalny. Its main goal is to investigate and to expose corruption cases among high-ranking Russian government officials.

NATO and the EU want to contain and destabilise Russia through Navalny and the “opposition”

The statements of NATO and EU countries about the situation regarding Alexei Navalny is a coordinated information campaign that represents a global attempt to contain Russia and interfere in its internal affairs.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny , aiming to frame criticism of his arrest and the crackdown on protests as foreign interference.

Contrary to the claim, this criticism is not “a global attempt to contain Russia” but a legitimate concern about human rights and the rule of law in this country. The European Union condemned the arrest of Alexei Navalny and demanded his immediate release. In 2019 the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the charges against Alexei Navalny are politically motivated and arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable. As a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, Russia undertook to secure a number of fundamental rights and freedoms to everyone within its jurisdiction.