Disinfo: Alexei Navalny was not poisoned, he suffered from a metabolic disorder


A Russian opposition politician, blogger and critic of the current regime Alexei Navalny suffered a metabolic disorder that made him feel bad on the plane, and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where he was given all the care. All necessary tests have been performed in Omsk to show that this is not poisoning but a metabolic disorder.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning.

Alexei Navalny was under the pressure of his family transferred from hospital in Omsk to Charité hospital in Berlin. The preliminary test results from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin indicated that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned during his stay in Siberia.

Clinical findings indicate poisoning with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. German government later confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok.

See related disinformation message claiming that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny´s blood.


  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny


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