Disinfo: Extremely unconvincing evidence of the Navalny poisoning from Germany; it is a provocation

Summary

Germany provided extremely unconvincing evidence of the Alexei Navalny poisoning – it seems to be a provocation.

The “evidence” that Germany has published in the media about the Navalny case is extremely unconvincing. And there was and is no evidence. It is supposedly declared secret. At the same time, the countries of the West decidedly refrain from cooperating with Russia.

I would like to point out once again to our German colleagues that the evidence (on the Navalny case) which they published in the media and did not show us, was extremely unconvincing. We cannot initiate criminal proceedings in Russia without evidence. Maybe it is the common practice in Germany, but not common in Russia. In order to have a conversation about this case, we need the cooperation of our German and European friends. Otherwise nothing will happen and everyone will clearly understand that it is only provocation. At least that is how it seems at the moment.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny's poisoning.

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.

The German Federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

In addition, on 14 September, the German government provided research by two more independent laboratories in France and Sweden, which confirmed the presence of poison from the Novichok group in the body of politician Alexei Navalny.

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 informed Russia via diplomatic channels on the progress of the investigation.

Arne Collatz, a spokesman for Germany’s Defence Ministry said the data had been provided to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

“This international organisation, of which Russia is also a member, has a treaty-based mandate to oversee and enforce the ban on the use, production, storage as well as research into chemical weapons.”

The OPCW report, published 8 October, also supports the German conclusions. The OPCW report can be found here.

The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Read similar disinformation messages alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny, that Germany provided no evidence for the hypothesis that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok and that there is no signs that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Chemical weapons/attack, Alexei Navalny, Provocation, Anti-Russian, The West

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