Disinfo: It was the Western special services who prepared the film, not Navalny

Summary

The day after Navalny was arrested, his film “Palace for Putin” was uploaded on YouTube. It is clear from the same movie that Navalny was not for treatment in Germany, but he was making this film. Most importantly, this material also shows that it was prepared by the Western special services, not by Navalny.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny.

The disinformation message refers to an investigation published by Alexei Navalny into the wealth of Vladimir Putin. The insights of Navalny's investigation were widely shared by the international media.

Alexei Navalny has founded and runs "Fund for Fighting Corruption" (FBK), an NGO which investigates large-scale government corruption. Since 2011, FBK conducted dozens of investigations, the results of which are publicly available. There is no basis to the claims that Alexei Navalny was tasked or helped by the Western special services or German government to conduct his investigation.

Navalny was transported to Germany in a serious medical condition after poisoning with Novichok type military-grade nerve agent. Since Alexei Navalny was a target of poison attack, the German government considered it necessary to provide him with personal protection during his stay in the country.

See related previous disinformation claims, alleging that foreign special services are behind demonstrations in Russia; that German government co-produced a film with Navalny to provoke Russia; that Navalny is helped by Western secret services; that neo-liberal forces behind Navalny will intensify their attempts to destroy Russia; that the West used "Navalny affair" to impose sanctions against Russia, and that Germany controls Alexei Navalny.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian
  • Country: Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Alexei Navalny, Intelligence services
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Alexei Navalny, Belarus and Ukraine, and Ukraine being somehow involved in the protests in Belarus, and now in Russia.

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The West needs Alexey Navalny to destabilise the situation in Russia

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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. The article also contains a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about lost sovereignty undermining Ukrainian statehood.

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The West needs Navalny to create new “Maidans”

Western countries need this “activist” [Alexei Navalny] to destabilise the situation in Russia, for social upheaval, strikes, and new Maidans.

We have the example of Ukraine where this can lead to, with Ukraine in practice having lost its independence.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, aiming to deflect the authorities' responsibility in his poisoning attempt and to discredit him by portraying him as a puppet of the West, and another example of disinformation narratives about the 2013-2014 Maidan protests and Ukrainian statehood.

Contrary to the claim, which is not backed by any evidence, Alexei Navalny is an independent Russian politician, not a pawn of any foreign government.