Disinfo: Germany deported Navalny

Summary

The decision of the “fierce” opponent [Alexei Navalny] to return to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin was not on his agenda, and therefore the initiator of this step was the German authorities, who deported and returned Navalny to his country, in order to keep the doors of communication with Russia open.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative associated with opposition figure and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

The unfounded claim is presented aiming to deflect the authorities' responsibility in the poisoning attempt of Navalny and to discredit Navalny by portraying him as a puppet of the West

Navalny’s decision to return to Russia is related to his refusal to become an exile and to internal deliberations of his political movement, not to any order from abroad.

Alexei Navalny was detained upon his arrival to Moscow. The EU has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Alexei Navalny in our database, such as claims that his anti-corruption foundation has never done any investigation, that he is being helped by Western intelligence services, that only caffeine and alcohol were found in his blood during his poisoning, that the US wanted to use his case to block Russia's vaccines, that the West hopes that he dies to have an excuse for new sanctions, or that neo-liberal forces are behind Navalny, or that the West is sending Navalny back to Russia to prevent him from becoming irrelevant.

The same article mentioned another case claiming that US embassy information about the protests is an additional indict of its relation with Navalny.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Country: Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, Alexei Navalny, Protest, Vladimir Putin
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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.