Disinfo: Russia developed the first COVID vaccine, thus Russia's assessment of Navalny's health is correct

Summary

Russia has provided its French counterparts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with all the information on the data it had concerning Navalny case. Russia made four cooperation proposals to Germany asking them for the information that was available to them. Russia’s analysis and testing departments are very competent. It is no coincidence that Sputnik V, the first vaccine against Covid, was created in Russia.

Can you imagine that Russia sends Mr. Navalny to Germany without doing all the necessary analyses and without being sure that he was not poisoned by military substances in Russia? And suddenly, as if by a wave of a magic wand, or rather straight out of a hat, we learn from Germany that he has been poisoned by a military substance. Well, in the West we don’t know any other name than Novichok, but we have all witnessed the spectacle of Salisbury. There were agents in cosmonaut gear disinfecting the whole town. While Navalny was on a plane with over a hundred passengers on board and no one got sick. He was staying in a hotel where no one got sick either, just like in the hospital where he was subsequently admitted.

Russia has also requested data from the OPCW. In addition, an OPCW mission received a proposal to visit Russia. So far it still hasn’t been able to pack its bags.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative surrounding the poisoning of a prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Germany has responded to past Russian calls for Navalny's medical samples by saying that Russia should already have all it needs after its initial treatment of the dissident. Furthermore, on September 11, Berlin’s Justice Ministry approved a request from Moscow for legal assistance in the investigation and information on Navalny’s state of health, “subject to his consent.

Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalised in Omsk, at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin, where clinical findings indicated that he was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

On Monday 14 December Bellingcat, CNN (English), Der Spiegel (German) and The Insider (Russian) and FBK (Russian) published an investigation that revealed the identities of the team that worked on Alexei Navalny assassination attempts and their activities including the study of their phone calls and travel data. This investigation shows that the dosage of the lethal substance was very low and precise and used micro-encapsulation technologies that explain the non-contamination of the plane's passengers.

See related disinformation cases alleging that Germany has no evidence that Navalny was poisoned, the West has an interest in the death of Navalny, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny's blood, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) French, Arabic, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: France, Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: novichok, OPCW, Alexei Navalny, Angela Merkel, Secret services
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Violation of freedom of speech in Central and Eastern Europe supervised by the US

The authoritarian practices in the Baltic states and Poland become more and more obvious. No one is trying to pretend anymore that freedom of speech should be respected.

The repressions against the journalists in Latvia should not come as a surprise. It is not the first case of gross violation of freedom of speech in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly against the background of discussions about the rule of law in the EU.

Many believe that there is a group of countries of Central Europe which are under a strong influence of Washington and follow its political agenda. This block includes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

The political influence of the US leads to an active role of American secret services in these countries. American curators influence local authorities to clear the information sphere from all alternative sources of information. Due to the geopolitical situation, the biggest part of these alternative sources of information is Russian media.

Disproof

This article repeats two recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives: one about the oppression of the freedom of speech in Central and Eastern Europe and another about the US presence in Europe.

The statement that the Baltic states and Poland manifest “authoritarian practices” in the area of freedom of speech is a manipulative one, especially in comparison with the situation in Russia. In the “Freedom of the press 2020” ranking (by Reporters Without Borders) Estonia is on 14th place, Latvia on 22nd place, Lithuania on 28th place, Romania on 48th place, Poland on 62nd place out of 180 countries. The region is not monolithic. Estonia belongs to the group of states where the situation is evaluated as “good”, the situation in Latvia and Lithuania is “fairly good”, Poland and Romania belong to “problematic” group of countries. Russia holds in this ranking 149th position, the situation of media freedom in the country described as “bad”.

NATO membership will lead Ukraine to disintegration

Ukraine’s entry into the North Atlantic Alliance will lead to the disintegration of its own statehood. As a result, part of Ukraine’s territory will turn into a security buffer between NATO and the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO and Ukraine with no evidence given. This message is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine being abandoned by its Western partners and the disintegration of Ukraine.

Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU and NATO. Its sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost all the world. Neither the EU nor NATO are planning to turn Ukraine into a security buffer.

US election result was rigged by mail voting

A month has passed and the world is still waiting for the official announcement of the US presidential election results. It is difficult to understand what kind of democracy this is. However, some insist there is a winner. He was proclaimed by TV stations and NGOs. In the era of “rule of law” and “bourgeois democracy”, the verdict of American people was not decided by the ballot boxes but by the boxes of the US post offices, as minors, citizens who had never been registered to vote, and dead people voted.

Disproof

This report is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin media narrative that the US democracy is an illusion, the election was fraudulent, and thus the US has no right to lecture others about human rights or democracy.

The claims that the US Presidential elections faced an “enormous number of irregularities” and was not properly managed, especially because of mail voting, is not supported by evidence. The OSCE Observation Mission states that the 2020 Presidential elections vote was “competitive and well managed”. Read more OSCE statements on the American elections here.