Disinfo: Berlin has not shared any information about the poisoning of Navalny

Summary

Germany has no right to ask questions on Russian troops' movements near the Ukrainian border as far as they have not sent any information about the alleged poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the poisoning of a prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August 2020. Initially hospitalised in Omsk, at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin, where clinical findings indicated that he was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

By the time the EU sanctions were imposed, the fact of Navalny's poisoning with a Novichok-type agent had been solidly established and were later independently corroborated by labs in France and Sweden, and finally confirmed by the OPCW.

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. 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 Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of which Russia is a member.

Furthermore, on 11 September 2021, 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”.

See related disinformation cases alleging that Russophobic Western media push the narrative of Putin’s role in Navalny poisoning, that The West punishes Russia for having chosen Putin as a president again, that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny.

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  • Reported in: Issue 242
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Sergei Lavrov, novichok, Ukraine
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Disinfo: An Ukrainian drone kills a 5 years old child near Donetsk

On Saturday 3 April 3, a 5 years old child perished in the western suburbs of Donetsk in a drone attack with an explosive device by the Ukrainian army.

The Ukrainian armed forces used an unmanned aerial device equipped with an improvised explosive device, which was dropped on the village of Aleksandrovka. As a result, a child born in 2016 died and a resident born in 1954 was injured.

At that time, two civilians were in their garden. As a result of the criminal actions of Ukrainian activists, a child born in 2016 was killed, while a local woman born in 1954 was injured and taken to hospital where she received necessary medical treatment.”

This tragic incident strongly reacted to the President of the Russian Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, who denounced the guilty silence of the West. “The European media don't talk about it. There are no statements from the European Parliament or the US State Department. The foreign ministers of European states do not talk about it. No decision has been taken on the expulsion of diplomats. And we do not stigmatise a president of the country who sent a military drone to war against his own people.

There are no big initiatives on behalf of the dead child to impose sanctions on Kiev, there is no reaction at all. The West in general simply ignores the crimes in Kiev. [...] On the geopolitical chessboard, Brussels and Washington are trying to play a bloody gambit, hardly realising that the game cannot be won "

OSCE agents report the case of a five-year-old child killed on April 2 outside his grandmother's house by an explosive device. According to the authorities of the DPR this tragedy results from the shelling by the Ukrainian army of a village close to the line of contact.

Disproof

The claim is doubtful and unverified. The case has been covered by Euvsdisinfo, Stop Fake, The Insider, Censor.net. The involvement of Ukrainian drone is a striking story but very unlikely, the probable hypothesis is that the child died from a mine stored by his family members since the most active period of the war 2014-2015.

It attracted emotional reaction at highest political level since the death of a 5 year old child is striking and triggered narratives about the cruelty of Ukrainians and the heartless western world that doesn't react.

Disinfo: The EMA delayed the reception of Sputnik V's application for 6 weeks for political reasons

Russia sent the application for registration of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 21 January 2021, but the latter only confirmed having received the dossier in early March.

This 6 weeks delay, between 21 January and 4 March 2021, shows what the EU's priorities for vaccination are.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about vaccines, targeting the European Medicines Agency.

On 10 February 2021 the EMA denied having received any application for the Sputnik V vaccine. EMA informed:

Disinfo: The US is building biolaboratories on Russian borders

Russia must pay attention to the information about the existence of dangerous biological laboratories operating near our borders, because the West has extensive experience in the genocide of the peoples of America and Australia, including the extermination of humans with the help of viruses and bacteria.

Some of the former Soviet states - Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan - have built biological laboratories for the Americans on their soil, and they are unlikely to give up cooperation with them.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation alleging that the United States develops biological weapons and has secret biological laboratories around the world. Consistent with the Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against biological laboratories in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries.

The disinformation about US biolabs in countries bordering Russia aiming to encircle Moscow and spread infectious diseases is a part of a years-long disinformation campaign led by the Kremlin. In fact, biological laboratories are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism.