Disinfo: The Charité clinic did not prove that Navalny was poisoned

Summary

The [hospital] made a statement that [former Ukrainian president] Yushchenko had been poisoned, and then, to the shame of German medicine and this clinic, it turned out that Yushchenko had in fact not been poisoned. The reasons why they lied were not medical, but purely political, ordered by someone.

This is the same clinic that made a dastardly propagandistic act, lying to the whole world for political reasons [about the poisoning of Yushchenko]. Today they can do the same. Because they never explained the reasons behind their shameful behaviour towards Yushchenko and are playing along for some political reasons.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the poisoning of anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny presented as a series of rhetorical and leading questions, suggesting manipulation of the test results.

The doctors of the Berlin Charité Hospital announced that initial findings point to the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Navalny. The official Charité-statement reads:

"Following his admission, Mr. Navalny underwent extensive examination by a team of Charité physicians. Clinical findings indicate poisoning with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. The specific substance involved remains unknown, and a further series of comprehensive testing has been initiated. The effect of the poison – namely, the inhibition of cholinesterase in the body – was confirmed by multiple tests in independent laboratories."

Later, a specialised laboratory of the German armed forces proved that Aleksey Navalny was poisoned by a military-grade chemical nerve agent of the "Novichok" group.

The claim also suggests that the hospital lied about the poisoning of the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko during his campaign for the presidency in 2004. By December 2004, doctors had confirmed that dioxin was behind Yushchenko's ailment. Contrary to the claim that has been disseminated on many pro-Kremlin media, there is little doubt that the former president of Ukraine was poisoned, however, the investigation into the circumstances has not been completed. Read more on MythDetector.

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 the US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

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  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Alexei Navalny

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