Disinfo: Navalny and his party is similar to IS

Summary

Should we recognise Navalny and his political party as a banned organisation like IS? This is a totalitarian sect with a pronounced manic-depressive psychosis.

Disproof

This is an attempt to discredit the Russian political activist Aleksey Navalny without any evidence.

Aleksey Navalny, and other people opposing the government of Vladimir Putin, do not aim to undermine Russia as a country. Navalny has organised demonstrations promoting reform and attacking political corruption, exposing endemic political corruption by the leadership of Russian Federation. Navalny has run for political office on the same platform.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny

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