Disinfo: Germany lies about Navalny’s poisoning, it is a pretext to new sanctions against Russia

Summary

Professionals are also not silent. They bluntly say that the clinical picture of poisoning is different, “the Novichok” family, in principle, does not exist, and Berlin stubbornly refuses to cooperate and provide information that would at least somehow verify the statements it made.

In general, the Federal Republic of Germany voiced a lie that was obvious to absolutely everyone, without even bothering to give it the appearance of plausibility.

It raises an important question: why was it done this way? After all, it was possible to act somehow more gracefully. The answer lies on the surface: new sanctions are coming.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Aleksei Navalny's poisoning with multiple repeating claims: that the results of the medical investigation are manipulated, that there is a special operation against Russia to launch new sanctions, and that Germany does not share information with Russia on Navalny's health and investigation results.

On September 2, the government of Germany stated that after a careful investigation it was established that Aleksei Navalny was poisoned by a substance from the Novichok group. The official statement reads:

"On behalf of the Charité University Medical Complex (Berlin), a specialised laboratory of the Bundeswehr carried out a toxicological analysis of samples taken from Aleksey Navalny. The analysis provided irrefutable evidence of the use of a nerve agent from the Novichok group. On August 22, Aleksey Navalny was taken to Germany by plane for treatment with symptoms of poisoning."

Members of the German Parliament told the press that the traces of Novichok were found in Navalny's blood, skin, and urine informs Der Spiegel.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Germany informed the Russian ambassador to Germany, the EU and NATO, on the results of the investigation. Germany also informs Russia via diplomatic channels on the progress of the investigation.

Read similar disinformation messages alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny's blood, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko or that US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny, Conspiracy, Sanctions

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

The Munich agreement started World War II

In Poland, more and more often true (historical) memory and sorrow are replaced by farce. How can one explain the annexation of the Czechoslovak lands by Poland immediately after the “Munich Agreement”, which gave the “green light” to implement the aggressive plans of Nazi Germany?

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about WWII and the Munich Agreement.

The Munich Agreement (signed 30 September 1938), did indeed permit German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. But World War II began in Europe on September 1 1939, after the signature of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, when Hitler attacked Poland. Soviet troops entered the territory on September 17 of the same year. Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on 3 September, creating an anti-Hitler coalition together with the expelled Polish government and other countries.

The Charité clinic did not prove that Navalny was poisoned

The [hospital] made a statement that [former Ukrainian president] Yushchenko had been poisoned, and then, to the shame of German medicine and this clinic, it turned out that Yushchenko had in fact not been poisoned. The reasons why they lied were not medical, but purely political, ordered by someone.

This is the same clinic that made a dastardly propagandistic act, lying to the whole world for political reasons [about the poisoning of Yushchenko]. Today they can do the same. Because they never explained the reasons behind their shameful behaviour towards Yushchenko and are playing along for some political reasons.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the poisoning of anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny presented as a series of rhetorical and leading questions, suggesting manipulation of the test results.

The doctors of the Berlin Charité Hospital announced that initial findings point to the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Navalny. The official Charité-statement reads:

George Soros is trying to influence processes in Belarus and around the world

George Soros turned 90 years old. But despite that age, he is trying to influence processes around the world. In the USA he is trying to hinder President Trump, in Belarus he mixed up everything in such a way that it is still questionable whether this time “batko” Lukashenko will endure, and in Lebanon, he is committing bloody riots.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the billionaire and the philanthropist George Soros, presenting him as a person who aims to control political systems in the world and presenting Open Society Foundation as a tool for organising colour revolutions.

Soros has been accused of a wide range of sins such as: destabilising Europe, attacking churches and traditional values as well as sponsoring the film "Joker" as a tutorial for colour revolutions. In this claim, new unsubstantiated accusations appeared - involvement in the events in Lebanon and Belarus. Pro-Kremlin media often paint popular protests as "colour revolutions" provoked by Soros. This is also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, Czechia, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Armenia, Slovakia and now in Belarus.