Disinfo: Europe made up a strange story about Navalny being poisoned as pretext for sanctions

Summary

This time it all started according to the traditional scenario - Europe made up a strange story about the deliberate poisoning of a Russian blogger. It was immediately clear that the previous "crimes" of the Kremlin have already lost their force, and the next wave of pretext for confrontation will come.

Disproof

Disinformation regarding the poisoning of Navalny. There is no proof that the poisoning of Navalny took place to make a pretext for European sanctions against Russia. Contrary to the claim, Alexei Navalny’s poisoning was not a strange story made up by Europe, but a documented fact. Navalny was poisoned during an internal flight in August 2020 and flown to Germany for emergency medical treatment. European experts stated that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the extremely toxic chemical weapon Novichok. This was established during the activist's stay at the Charite hospital. These findings were later independently corroborated by labs in France and Sweden, and finally confirmed by the OPCW, which stated that "[t]he biomarkers of the cholinesterase inhibitor found in Mr Navalny’s blood and urine samples have similar structural characteristics to the toxic chemicals belonging to schedules 1.A.14 and 1.A.15."

A special investigation by Bellingcat, The Insider, CNN and Der Spiegel identified members of the Russian FSB unit involved in the attempt on Navalny’s life. Later Navalny duped an FSB agent into revealing details of the operation against him. The agent admitted that Navalny was poisoned by FSB. The agent said an attacker had placed the poison along the inner seams of a pair of Navalny's underwear. See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Alexei Navalny’s poisoning such as the West Invented Navalny’s poisoning to uphold the myth of an aggressive Russia and Navalny is a pocket president trained by globalists to replace Putin.

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  • Reported in: Issue 233
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Azerbaijani
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Europe
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Sanctions
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Navalny supporters with flashlights are similar to traitors in besieged Leningrad

So, NATO gave orders to Navalny’s team – what steps to take next. This makes them agents of this organisation.

And again, it just so happened that the harmless flashlights in Gene Sharp’s training manual on organising colour revolutions are also spelled out – point number 24. It seems harmless, but during the blockade of Leningrad with the same lights – signal flares – the traitors pointed at the strategic objects of the city.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative from Pro-Kremlin media about Navalny being an agent of Western secret services or the West in general.

In relation to the ban on protest rallies in Russia, Navalny´s team indeed recommended to anyone supporting them to activate the flashlights on their mobiles at the same time on February 14. The comparison of this flashmob to the "actions of the traitors in besieged Leningrad" during World War II is outrageous and can be regarded an insult to Russian citizens who care for the destiny of their country.

The Council of Europe is silent about discrimination against Russian speakers in neighbouring countries

The Council of Europe is silent regarding discrimination against Russian people and Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the three Baltic countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.

The Council of Europe is indifferent to discrimination of Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the Baltic states

The lack of a proper reaction to discrimination against Russian-speaking inhabitants of Ukraine and the Baltic states undermines the authority of the Council of Europe.

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The Council of Europe should not regard the glorification of Nazi collaborators and the violation of the rights of Russian-speaking people in some Post-Soviet states with indifference.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.