Disinfo: EU sanctions against Russia are based on classic fabrications

Summary

The European Union’s decision [to impose sanctions on Russian personnel] is a classic fabrication and involves the insertion of false evidence in a case that has not been investigated.

Disproof

This claim refers to the sanctions imposed by the EU in response to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and constitutes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then, he has been transferred to Berlin and was treated 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 Navalny. In fact, Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent while inside Russia.

On 14 September, the German government provided research by two more independent laboratories in France and Sweden, which confirmed the presence of poison from the Novichok group in the body of politician Alexei Navalny. As explained in Berlin, samples taken from Navalny were sent to these two countries for an independent investigation. In addition, samples were also sent to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which will conduct its own research.

The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

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, West wants to stop Nord Stream 2 and that another reason would be found for sanctions if there had been no Navalny.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/03/2021
  • Article language(s) , Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Sanctions, Alexei Navalny
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Amnesty International admits that Alexei Navalny is a mere criminal

Convict blogger Alexei Navalny is not a prisoner of conscience, as Amnesty International concluded, miraculously admitting that he is a mere criminal. This globalist organisation has historically responded to the interests of the West, so this is a real blow to those who call for the release of this man convicted by fraud and embezzlement, and makes them accomplices of a member of organised crime.

Disproof

The claim is false. Amnesty International has explained that it withdrew its consideration of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as prisoner of conscience because he had, in the past, made comments which may have amounted to advocacy of hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, violence or hostility, which doesn’t fit in its own definition of the term. While this decision has been highly controversial, this is very different from “admitting that he is a criminal”.

Charges against Navalny are politically motivated and were presented while he was recovering in Berlin after the poisoning attempt on his life six months earlier, as a means of forcing him to stay in exile. The European Court of Human Rights, where Russia is a member, has concluded that the original charges against Mr Navalny was politically motivated. The EU has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.

EU sanctions on Russia are illegal and absurd

The EU sanctions on Russia follow no logic, which points to the fact that they are based on an absurd premeditated story supported by a media campaign.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions.

Series of EU restrictive measures on Russian individuals and entities are a response to Russia’s actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and to Russia’s use of chemical weapons in an assassination attempt against opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his unlawful imprisonment, and repression against Russian demonstrators.

Liberalism made the Westerners hedonistic, immoral and under the control of Satan

As a result of liberalism, people in Western societies are hedonistic, immoral, nihilistic and increasingly involved in Satanism. They are effectively under the control of Satan. Liberalism breaks down moral constraints and makes man a slave to his own lust, free to pursue his desires and cravings. The media in Western societies increasingly spreads Satanist values. The Westernisation and modernisation of non-Western societies is a means to Satanise these societies.

Disproof

Disinformation that combines three related pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives . The first narrative claims that Satanism is the value-system of the global secret elites, whose alleged aim is to destroy traditional religious and values, paving the way for an immoral, hedonistic and unregulated society. The second narrative is about the moral decadence of the West. The third narrative claims that the liberal West seeks to export its hostility to traditional values, materialism and perverse attitudes to non-Western nations.

There is no evidence that supports the article’s claim that people in the Western societies are hedonistic, immoral, nihilistic and under Satan’s control. This claim is not based on facts.