DISINFO: If the victim does not die, it cannot be novichok
Talking about the alleged poisoning of blogger Alexei Navalny with a new type of Novichok is unbelievable because Navalny did not show symptoms of poisoning from this substance … This substance has specific symptoms, which did not appear in Navalny’s case at all. Even if it comes out of your skin, you will not experience these symptoms. If the end is not death, then Novichok is out of the question.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and was initially hospitalized in Omsk. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny. The European Union condemned poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms. There are at least four people known to have survived a Novichok poisoning. In 1987 Andrey Zheleznyakov, a researcher attached to the Soviet chemical warfare programme, suffered an accidental exposure to a Novichok-type compound. The accident left him permanently disabled but alive for another six years. In March 2018, Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yuliya fell victim of a poisoning in Salisbury but recovered with intensive medical care. The UK authorities established that the assassination attempt had been carried out by two Russian intelligence operatives using Novichok. The following June, two individuals in Amesbury, England were accidentally exposed to Novichok contained in a fake perfume bottle. One of the victims survived. Read similar disinformation cases alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny and that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny’s blood, or 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.