Disinfo: EU sanctions against Russia are illegal

Summary

Everyone knows our attitude to sanctions. Firstly, they are an illegal tool. Secondly, they are a tool that is contrary to the interests of the European Union. I think that this awareness is now coming to many European countries.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about EU sanctions against Russia.

The EU sanctions against Russia are not illegal. They were adopted as a reaction to the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. The EU imposed sanctions against the Russian individuals involved in the conflict adding them to the list of people and entities who have been hit with sanctions for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

On 1 October 2020, the Council added new individuals and entities to the sanctions list of individuals and entities subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Two individuals and four entities have now been added, expanding the list to a total of 177 individuals and 48 entities.

The European sanctions against Russia are linked not only to events in Ukraine. New sanctions were also implemented after the poisoning of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

See similar cases alleging that European sanctions against Russia do not work, that sanctions cost Europe more than they cost Russia and that the European economy loses tens and hundreds of billion dollars due to sanctions.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, West, Anti-Russian, Alexei Navalny, Sanctions, Russophobia, War in Ukraine
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The West uses Navalny as a key factor in the political destabilisation of Russia

Today, we must admit that the most powerful special operation aimed at inspiring a prolonged political crisis in Russia has ended in a fiasco. The beginning of this “great campaign” was the loud “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny, after which this “fighter for truth” was openly put in the context of the geopolitical confrontation between the West and Russia. Then, Navalny was invited to Germany as a personal guest of Angela Merkel; “killing but not fully lethal” “Novichok” appeared; sanctions against Russia emerged; the American secret services published the tracking data of FSB officers. Everything points to the fact that the West perceives Navalny as a key factor for the destabilisation of its global enemy.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexey Navalny. The claim that Navalny is somehow used by the West and foreign special services for the political destabilisation of Russia is disinformation.

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court for embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.

US censor people on the internet while Russia doesn't

It is the United States that blocks social media, and prevent its politicians and citizens from accessing it, the same can be seen toward Russian politicians and citizens trying to access these social networks.

Meanwhile, the Russian authorities are quite the opposite. It adheres to democratic standards and no one is blocked. Neither on VKontakte nor on Odnoklassniki.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about censorship in the West, portraying Russia as protector of freedom of speech and the press.

According to the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is in 149th place out of 180 countries. And Reporters Without Borders noted pressure on the independent media, blocking websites, and draconian laws became even more severe in the last years.

Navalny is just a tool, not a real opposition leader

Alexei Navalny is not an opponent in the political sense, he does not want changes in the country, he is just a foreign tool to change power in Russia. And he is looking for a revolution like the one that took place in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Navalny is a western project. He has some connection with foreign intelligence and it is difficult to understand the role he plays. Do they use him according to some agreements? Yes. Navalny found his desire long ago when he studied abroad, and from that time has been an interest in Western society, which was pushing opposition forces in Russia. Therefore, there is talk about him and a call for his release from detention.

Navalny isn’t really an opposition leader but he just wants to have a sit and talk with [Russia President Vladimir] Putin, thus trying to raise himself to Putin’s level.

Disproof

Disinformation built around the concept of ubiquitous Russophobia and anti-Russian provocations by Western countries to encircle and destabilise Russia and Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

Alexei Navalny is a founder and leader of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), which has investigated embezzlement from the state budget, uncovered the lives of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the government and different corruption practices. FBK's goal is to eliminate corruption.