Disinfo: EU is punishing Russia with baseless sanctions

Summary

What was the basis for [the European Union’s] decision to extend of sanctions? No court decision was issued; not documented evidence of Russia’s involvement has been produced. The matter is repeated with the poisoning incident of the opposition candidate Alexei Navalny. They are trying to punish Russia at any cost with these decisions.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury and Navalny’s poisoning and also a pro-Kremlin approach portraying every measure taken against Russia's hostile actions as Russophobia. On the Skripal case The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public. The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin with the attack on the Skripals, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent. On the Navalny case Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight and was transferred to 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 Navalny's blood samples. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms and on Thursday 15th October, agreed sanctions against six people believed to have been involved in the “assassination attempt” against Putin’s most vocal critic as well as the Russian State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, which it believes developed the chemical used to poison Navalny. Russian Novichok According to the UK intelligence assessment, based on open-source analysis and intelligence information, in the past decade, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok agents, long after it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention. Actually, Novichok was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s in a covert programme codenamed Foliant that was revealed by defectors, and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance. See reports here and here. Leonid Rink, identified as one of the scientists who developed Novichok, was cited frequently in Russian media during the 2018 Salisbury poisonings, admitted to working on the development of the chemical agent in the Soviet era. Read similar disinformation cases alleging that the Navalny poisoning could be a strategy of the West to introduce anti-Russian sanctions, that there is no evidence of Navalny poisoning and that another reason would be found for sanctions if there had been no Navalny, in addition to other cases alleging that there was no evidence of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Skripals and that Russia is accused of poisoning without proof.

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The US is on the verge of a civil war, and militias are only a reaction against government abuse

The US is on the verge of a civil war, as shown by the case of 13 members of a militia called Wolverine Watchmen, who are accused of conspiring to kidnap the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. Top democrats, including Whitmer and Joe Biden, tried to blame Trump for it, but the events in Michigan were not an expression of crazed white supremacy, but a matter of abuse of power by the government and the feeling of frustration among a population segment who thinks that there is little, if anything, that they can do about it.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative about the United States consistent with a narrative on the imminent collapse of the Western society.

Contrary to the claim, the Wolverine Watchmen is an extremist group who aspired to cause a civil war in the US through violent action that involved kidnapping or even killing top US officials, not a reaction against alleged governmental abuses.

Colour revolution in Kyrgyzstan confirms that democracy has exhausted itself

Another colour revolution in Kyrgyzstan confirms that democracy has exhausted itself. The current democratic model of the political structure has exhausted itself since the mechanisms for the re-election of the parliament and the head of state not only fail to ensure the continuity of power but become an instrument for destabilising the situation in the country and destroying statehood. There is no longer any popular control of the leadership, nor the will of the population, but it has become a weapon of aggression, an instrument of hybrid warfare.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about a "colour revolution" in Kyrgyzstan, mixed with a narrative about the collapse of democracy. The protests in Kyrgyzstan erupted to contest the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on 4 October, which are considered unfair by oppositional parties. As a result of the elections, none of the twelve established oppositional parties secured seats in the parliament. The parties declared they would not recognise the results of the voting. The president and the ruling parties were accused of vote-buying and voter intimidation. On 7 October, the electoral authorities annulled the election results. Democracy is a prevalent political regime in the most developed countries in the world. States with full democracy have the most transparent electoral processes, allow widespread political participation of the citizens, support civil liberties, and guarantee transparency of the government. States with democratic regimes guarantee fundamental individual rights, high level of political equality, ensure human development, improve health and education systems, and support a broad range of personal freedoms. See similar cases claiming that there is a deterioration of democracy in the West, that authoritarian regimes are best at handling disasters, or that China is more democratic than the US.

Euro-Atlantic powers want to use Navalny's case to foil Nord Stream 2

Behind the [Alexy] Navalny case are Euro-Atlantic interests aimed at promoting anti-Russian policy. It is clear that what the Euro-Atlantic powers are interested in is not clarifying the situation around Navalny, but rather foiling the “Nord Stream 2” gas pipeline between Russia and Europe.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory aimed at linking the case of Alexei Navalny with the Nord Stream 2 project. See a very similar case here (although in this case, the United States is accused alone). A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk. Doctors there said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charité 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 the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms. Read similar disinformation messages alleging that Americans are recouping their long-term investment in Navalny, the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, or that US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19, or that political scandal in Austria was a CIA operation to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2.