Disinfo: Berlin considers Navalny’s data as state secret

Summary

Berlin has refused to provide Moscow with data on (Alexei) Navalny’s case, on a bilateral basis, citing it as a state secret.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Aleksei Navalny's poisoning.

Germany has responded to past Russian calls for Navalny's medical samples by saying that Russia should already have all it needs after its initial treatment of the dissident.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Germany informed the Russian ambassador to Germany, the EU and NATO, on the results of the investigation. Germany also informed Russia via diplomatic channels on the progress of the investigation.

Arne Collatz, a spokesman for Germany’s Defence Ministry said the data had been provided to the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

“This international organization, of which Russia is also a member, has a treaty-based mandate to oversee and enforce the ban on the use, production, storage as well as research into chemical weapons.”

Furthermore, on September 11, Berlin’s Justice Ministry approved a request from Moscow for legal assistance in the investigation and information on Navalny’s state of health, “subject to his consent.

This article also claimed that Navalny was not poisoned with Novichok since he came out of the coma.

Read similar disinformation messages alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny's blood, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko or that US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

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  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny, Conspiracy theory

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Getting out of coma proves that Novichok wasn’t used on Navalny

Alexei Navalny’s coma indicates that if we assume that he was poisoned, then Novichok was not used.

Poisoning can be ruled out because there are no symptoms. But even if a dose of 400 times less than the lethal dose was used, he would come out of a coma, but his pupils would remain constricted, and there were no such symptoms.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging web of counter-narratives designed to confuse Western public opinion and deny Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. This argument follows a recurring Kremlin pattern of denying that Navalny was poisoned and that Moscow had anything to do with it. 

In this case, the argument is that Novichok is only a lethal military-grade nerve agent and that the result is always death. However, we know that Novichok is a highly toxic nerve agent that slows the heart, paralyses the muscles used for breathing and — if the dose is big enough — can lead to death by asphyxiation. A smaller dose may result in seizures, neuromuscular weakness, liver failure and other damage. This has been presented in various other reports here, here and here.

US forced Merkel lie about Navalny’s poisoning

(The US) forced Angela Merkel to voice this nonsense (about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny). Note that she resisted for a long time, she sat for two weeks in silence and tried to move away from it.

Disproof

Another pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative and conspiracy theory  alleging that the European Union is under direction from Washington. No evidence is provided to support the claim. Also the claim advances recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny and Western Russophobia.

On August 20, the day Navalny was poisoned, the chancellor stressed that it is necessary to find out what happened to the Russian opposition activist as soon as possible.

Swedes will be deported from Sweden


The Arab Party of Sweden calls for the deportation of the aboriginal population of Sweden, who has a critical view on migrants and the ideas of “diversity”. This refers primarily to Swedish pensioneers.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, presented without any source, and a recurrent narrative of Sweden as a country on the verge of collapse. Similar cases can be found here.

An "Arab Party" did actually appear in Sweden in the summer of 2020; with currently around 400 followers on Facebook. According to research done by Swedish fact-checking group Källkritikbyrån, the “party” likely consists of one single individual.