Disinfo: Associates of Navalny were caught filming fake video about the elections

Summary

Associates of Navalny were caught filming a fake video about the elections. Police officers found an apartment in Moscow where oppositionists were filming a video about the "violations." During the search, they also found the props of the creators of the fakes - fake ballots, ballot boxes. Among other things, posters with Navalny were found in the apartment.

During the interrogation, one of the participants in the filming said that he was offered to star in a video for 10 thousand rubles. He also indicated the phone number of the "organizer". Thanks to this, it was possible to establish that an associate of Navalny could be involved in organising the filming.

Disproof

The pro-Kremlin outlets accused Alexey Navalny of "fabricating" videos about the electoral frauds during the Duma election 2021.

However, there is no evidence allowing to link the shown footage to Navalny. To date, there is no official Russian law enforcers' comments linking the raided apartment and detained people to Navalny or any other opposition figure.

Thus, BBC found two actors featured in the disinformation report, who were said to be hired by "Navalny's aide" in order to discredit the election.

These are Muscovites Ruslan and Maria, who earn money on the set in the crowd. Maria, in a conversation with the BBC, said that she was called to the shooting in the apartment as an actor of the crowd. She does not know the name of the person who called her, but she was sure of the harmlessness of the video. Before the arrival of the police, two people managed to get filmed, but they were asked to say the text about how to vote in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, for example, about wearing gloves and nothing about falsifications. “There was no question of Navalny,” she said.

No messages about the raid on the apartment, linking it to filming fabrications, have appeared on the website of the Moscow City Internal Affairs Directorate, BBC points out.

See also: the pro-Kremlin outlets spread a false video in an attempt to discredit possible criticism of the Russian Duma election.

Read our previous analysis "Fabricating a fabrication - how pro-Kremlin media staged a 'leaked video'" about another attempt to discredit independent observer association Golos in 2020 during the referendum on Russian Constitutional amendments.

See other disinformation cases on the Duma election.

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  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Elections
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