Disinfo: Alexei Navalny is not a politician, despite Western claims

Summary

It is curious that European media and politicians call Alexei Navalny a “politician” and “opposition leader” while some Russian media call him a “blogger” and others “opposition member”. It is increasingly clear that Navalny is not a politician, because he doesn’t have a programme or a political force backing him. It is correct to say that he is a blogger, but it is also true that he made too much noise lately both in Russia and abroad for a mere blogger.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation aiming to discredit Alexei Navalny, this time by claiming that he is not a real politician and hinting that there may be some foreign dark interests behind him.

Contrary to the claim, Alexei Navalny is a real politician and has long experience in this field. He has been involved in politics since he joined social liberal party Yabloko in 2000. He co-founded a short-lived political organisation called Narod in 2007, and ran for mayor of Moscow in 2013. He was barred from running as a presidential candidate in 2017, following an embezzlement sentence largely seen as political retribution based on charges presented in 2014 that the European Court of Human Rights consider “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable”. Navalny’s political movement has been repeatedly targeted by the Russian authorities and its activities systematically obstructed, including physical attacks against him and his supporters. In 2018, Navalny launched a new political party called Russia Of The Future, a re-foundation of the former Party Progress. Frequent pro-Kremlin allegations that Navalny’s movement is funded from abroad have not been backed up with evidence and have always been denied by him and his associates, and there is no proof that he is anything but a Russian opposition activist.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that his anti-corruption foundation has never done any investigation, that he is being helped by Western intelligence services, that the West sent him back to Russia to prevent him from becoming irrelevant, that only caffeine and alcohol were found in his blood during his alleged poisoning, that the US wanted to use his case to block Russia's vaccine against coronavirus, that the West hopes that he dies to have an excuse for new sanctions, or that Western accusations on Navalny’s case are as false as they were about Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko.

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  • Reported in: Issue 231
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Alexei Navalny
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Borrell's mission was to publicly flog Russia

Borrell’s mission was to perform a public flogging of Russia. This was very carefully planned: first talk about the meetings, then about journalists and then make Navalny the main topic. All this should be put in a pile, mix up and pour over us and then get out of here with a smug expression on his face. Why the West suffered such a grand failure is a big question, but Russia insisted on addressing Real Issues.

[MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova] disclosed the secret of Western diplomats: When their flogging fails, they get hysterical.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on Western aggression against Russia.

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP), Josep Borrell travelled to Moscow with the intention to open a dialogue on core issues in the relations between the European Union and Russia.

The US is preparing a ram against Russia

The Americans are preparing a “battering ram against Russia” at our borders. Three countries, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldavia will in reality be melded into one. /…/

15 years ago a similar attempt was made, but nothing came out of it. The current step is a logical continuation of the Americans attempt to create a sort of battering ram against Russia. Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova are all totally dependent countries. After all the coups that have taken place there, these puppet countries are, and will continue to comply to all Washington’s orders.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukraine's and other countries’ statehood and the US presence in Europe. Similar cases can be studied here, here and here.

Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia are sovereign states. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the world, but were violated by Russia in 2014. Russia supports separatist entities on all the three countries’ territory.

Ukraine mixed up the MH17 with the Russian president’s plane

There might be a dramatic turning point in the process on the crash of the MH17. The court in the Netherlands has accepted to hear the evidence from the Russian corporation Almaz-Antey.

This information worries those who have defended Kyiv and supported its war against its own people. It discredits the image of democracy and legitimacy, that Kyiv and the West have attempted to create since the coup d’etat in 2014.

The witness say that Ukrainian air-controllers sent the passenger jet into a war zone, where it was shot down, likely by Ukrainian forces, mixing up the liner with the Russian president’s plane.

Disproof

One of the original lies about the MH17. The claim of the mix-up with the Russian President’s plane was documented in pro-Kremlin TV less than four hours after the disaster, and has been parroted several times afterward.

According to the findings(opens in a new tab) of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from 2016, flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskiy in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system, with one missing missile, went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.