Disinfo: Allegations of Navalny’s poisoning are a concerted Western effort against Russia

Summary

What we are seeing regarding the allegations surrounding Navalny is a part and parcel of an ongoing, concerted, and vicious campaign against Russia, because Russia is a superpower and that’s what the Americans and the British loathe.

Disproof

The claim advances recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny, and  Western Russophobia.

There are no grounds for connecting either the US or the UK to Navalny's poisoning. The activist fell ill on a 20 August flight from Siberia to Moscow. Initially hospitalized in Omsk, he was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin at the request of his family.

Clinical findings at the Charité hospital indicated that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests revealed the presence of a Novichok-type nerve agent in Navalny's blood.

Polluting Western media environments with multiple contradictory narratives of a given event is an established strategy of pro-Kremlin media outlets. See here for an overview of, and similarities between, Russian disinformation campaigns surrounding the 2018 Skripal poisoning and the 2020 Navalny poisoning.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Chemical weapons/attack, Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian, Russian superiority, US presence in Europe, Russophobia, Conspiracy

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