DISINFO: German authorities do not deny Yulia Navalnaya's German citizenship
  • Outlet: riafan.ru (archived)* tsargrad.tv (archived)*
  • Date of publication: March 01, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 233
  • Countries / regions discussed: Germany, Russia
Yulia Navalnaya Alexei Navalny

DISINFO: German authorities do not deny Yulia Navalnaya's German citizenship


The German Embassy in Russia has not denied that Alexei Navalny's wife, Julia, has foreign citizenship.

Recognising the photography of the document as false, but the actual document as authentic, RIAFAN, on 26 February 2021, requested the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to confirm or refute the authenticity of an ID card, issued to a citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany with the number L01X39M54, valid until 12 November 2029. RIAFAN also requested to confirm or refute the German citizenship of Yulia Navalnaya.

The spokesperson of the Embassy chosed to point at the forged photo, circulating on social media, instead of commenting on the authenticity of the actual document. The German diplomats chosed not to answer to any of RIAFAN's questions, but instead focus on the comfortable issue of the forged photography.


This claim is based on a false document.

Blogger Artemy Lebedev published a photo on his Telegram channel of an identity document allegedly confirming that Yulia Navalnaya is a German citizen.

Almost immediately after publishing the photo, Lebedev backtracked saying that it had turned out to be fake. The blogger apologized to Navalnaya the next day.

Several Russian outlets have published a photography of a German document, allegedly suggesting Yulia Navalnaya a German citizen.

The document proved quickly to be a coarse forgery. Some pro-Kremlin media continue to claim that the forged document, while forged, still "proves" Ms Navalnaya's German citizenship.


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