Disinfo: Germany provided no evidence for the hypothesis that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok

Summary

The German government announced that the country’s defence ministry experts had reached the conclusion that the Russian activist [Navalny] had been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group, but no evidence has yet been presented to confirm this hypothesis.

Disproof

This is a recurrent disinformation narrative denying all the facts related to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The use of multiple and simultaneous versions about an event involving questionable actions by the Russian government or its allies, in order to confound citizens about the actual truth, is a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation strategy, already seen in the cases of the MH17 downing, the illegal annexation of Crimea, the murder attempt against Sergei and Yulia Skripal or chemical attacks in Syria.

The Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight and was initially hospitalised in Omsk. Later he was transferre to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. 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.

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

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: novichok, Alexei Navalny, Angela Merkel

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning.

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalized in Omsk,  at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin.

No evidence Navalny was poisoned; Washington and Brussels want sanctions

Poisoning Alexey Navalny could have been in nobody’s interest but Washington’s. The US does not like the fact that it cannot compete with Russian natural gas in Europe, and the German federal government and the CDU were unequivocally supporting the Nord Stream 2 project. The US failed to solve this via political pressure, so this had to be followed by the well-known sanctions policy with a good dose of Russophobia. There is no evidence that Navalny was poisoned, but this is reported as a fact by Western media from the first day. Russia was condemned by all US allies from the European Commission to NATO. Washington and Brussels want sanctions, and “surprisingly” the target might be the Nord Stream 2.

Disproof

An example of pro-Kremlin approach to blame every measure taken against Russia's actions on "Russophobia."

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. 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. The European Union condemned poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.